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War Within Uncanny Cotton Wool: Anxiety of War in Virginia Woolf’s Writing

 

Sunil Sihag, M.A. (Eng), NET

Independent Research Scholar

And Academic Associate

India

 

Abstract:

Whenever war is spoken of

I find

The war that was called Great invades the mind.’ 1

Virginia Woolf’s writing manifest that war profoundly invaded her mind and it gave hammering effect on her psyche.  Anxiety of war had pierced and occupied every inch and every corner of her mind. She affirmed through her writing the bloodshed at the front lesser excruciating than fretfulness of human mind caused by the spirited war.  She opposed the inadvertent involvement of the innocent civilians who became the gross dupe of this political propaganda in the name of nationalist pride. But her criticism of war yields nothing to heal her anguish instead it kept alive her mental gashes.

She labelled war as an outrageous masculine phenomena that fueled and instigates young generation’s patriotic fervor. Their blind and irrational enthusiasm to fight for the nation brought misery and unhappiness to their families. Her writing is a mirrored image and reflection of her anxiety of war. The intense pressure of survival, looming future conflict and unstable political scenario increased her misery which ultimately led her to end her life.

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War Within Uncanny Cotton Wool:

Anxiety of War in Virginia Woolf’s Writing

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