The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Cecilia Liu and Carol Chi . Symbols. Flowers: # Clarissa~ A. Her association with people (49) B. Her strong vitality for life (217) # Virginia Woolf~ A. Inspiration (29) B. The rose deathbed as the symbol of imprisonment for her (169)
Cecilia Liu andCarol Chi
A. Her association with people (49)
B. Her strong vitality for life (217)
# Virginia Woolf~
A. Inspiration (29)
B. The rose deathbed as the symbol
of imprisonment for her (169)
*The dead bird ~Virginia Woolf
A. Representation of his frail
physical and mental state (55)
B. An analogy of death (198)
A. A way to express her love to
A. A well-protected flower at
A. Richard and Louis
B. Clarissa and Sally (They also kiss
C. Laura kisses Kitty
D. Woolf kisses Vanessa
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours. London: Fourth Estate, 1999.
Sb. of greatness
(in a royal carriage goes by)
Meryl Streep (in the book and the movie)
Reader: Laura Brown
Writer:Virginia WoolfMrs. Dalloway The HoursIntertextuality
1. Clarissa Vaughan is described several times as an "ordinary" woman. Do you accept this evaluation? If so, what does it imply about the ordinary, about being ordinary? What makes someone, by contrast, extraordinary?
7. How might Richard's childhood experiences have made him the adult he eventually becomes? In what ways has he been wounded, disturbed?
Are we meant to think, though, that their lives would have been better, more heightened, had they stayed together? Or does Cunningham imply that as we age we inevitably feel regret for some lost chance, and that what we in fact regret is youth itself?
In what essential ways do these middle-aged people--Clarissa, Richard, Louis, Virginia –differ from their youthful selves? Which of them resists the change most strenuously?