The Shell- Shocked Victims in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: A Socio-Psychological Approach


  • Dr. Doaa Talaat Owais Assistant Professor, Al Azhar University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English Language, Literature and Simultaneous Interpretation.


In this book, I have almost too many ideas. I want to give life and death, sanity and insanity; I want to criticize the social system, and to show it at work, at its most intense. (Allen 588)

At the turn of the twentieth century, British society underwent profound and disruptive changes, leading to a significant upheaval in its overall structure. The established principles and doctrines of British society were transformed into devastating ruins and demolitions, leaving its inhabitants grappling for survival, especially in the aftermath of the First World War. “In postwar English society, both war veterans and civilians struggle to survive the havoc of the Great War.” (Tsai 65). The impact of the war continued to torment British society even into recent times, with the entire society causing immense suffering and massive destruction in the memory of the English public. Christl asserts that “Although it ended over a lifetime ago, the First World War is still present in the memory of today’s British society”. (1) Before the war, the British Empire symbolized power and greatness, however, everything changed after the war. England’s power seemed to vanish, and the loss of imperial identity characterized that period. In this respect, Badsey states that:




How to Cite

Dr. Doaa Talaat Owais. (2024). The Shell- Shocked Victims in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: A Socio-Psychological Approach. Kurdish Studies, 12(2), 1748–1770. Retrieved from