Mrs. Dalloway:Motif Notes and Assignment For those who missed class on 4/17 and 4/18
CATALYST #62 4.17/4.18 • What motifs (repeated items, ideas or references) have you noted throughout Mrs. Dalloway? • Identify two. • For each motif: • Find at least 3 quotations where this motif is mentioned and note the page number. • Comment on the meaning of the motif as it is mentioned in each example that you found. • Offer a possible overall meaning of this motif in the text.
The Garden Cultivated and carefully planned. Restricted to certain vegetation. Represents order.
The Tree Represents life and knowledge
Flowers • Flowers represent life and vitality as well as femininity and can often be seen as symbols of the female reproductive system • Roses typically symbolize beauty, passion and love • Daisies typically symbolize innocence, simplicity. • Hydrangeas come from the root word for ‘water’
The Cave/Secluded Areas Deep down where the character delves within themselves. Place that the character goes when “invisible” or inactive. At the extreme may signify death
The Fountain Stands for purification; the sprinkling of water (baptism) washes away sin. Water of fountain gives new life
Colors Red: blood, sacrifice, violent passion, disorder Green: growth, sensation, hope, fertility Blue: highly positive, truth, religious feeling, spiritual purity, security White: light, purity, innocence, supernatural Black: chaos, mystery, the unknown, death, evil Yellow: decay, sickness
Motifs to Trace • Colors • Flowers • Big Ben • Gardens/parks • Individual rooms/privacy (refer to cave notes) • You will be assigned one of these to trace in detail in the novel.
Motif Tracing • Find at least 6 references to your motif in the novel. • Record your references chronologically in the outer part of the circle (with page numbers!) • Comment on the immediate significance of each reference in the scene itself in the middle part of the circle. • Comment on the overall significance of the motif in the center of the circle.