At the very beginning of his novel “The Hours” Cunningham quotes Virginia Woolf’s diary in the manner of showing his gratitude to her. The novel “Mrs. Dalloway” initially bears the name “The Hours”. Virginia Woolf had an inspirational idea, which Cunningham wonderfully actualised in his postmodern novel.
Different times merging together
In the novel “The Hours” there is a writer, a reader and a protagonist. Cunningham uses an amusing technique; all stories are interwoven and they flow simultaneously. Multiple things connect these three, only seemingly, different stories. In all three stories some kind of reception is being prepared, and everything happens in one day: Mrs. Woolf writes the story, Mrs. Brown reads it, and Mrs. Dalloway (Clarissa Vaughan) lives it. All three characters have homosexual affinity. The yellow roses also connect them; they are, as well, an essential component in the novel “Mrs. Dalloway”. The novel starts with yellow roses. Cunningham creates a simulation of the Woolf’s style. The novel begins with Woolf’s suicide and ends with a meeting between Clarisse Vaughan and Laura Brown, and the reason for their meeting is Richard’s suicide. Richard is the character that is Laura’s son and Clarissa’s friend.
Every kind of mixing is normal in a postmodern novel. First, Cunningham plays with names, and then with the actions. Septimus is the character that is hearing voices and that brings his life to “Mrs. Dalloway” and in the “The Hours” there are two characters which are hearing voices, Mrs. Woolf and Richard, and they both committed suicide. After the death of Richard, Clarissa is no longer Mrs. Dalloway, as Cunningham says. At the beginning Virginia Woolf wants to name her novel “The Hours”, but at the end she chose the name “Mrs. Dalloway”. She probably couldn’t imagine that a novel called “The Hours” based on her idea will eventually be created.