The Constant Paranoia of Death Clarissa Faces from the Great War

“- one didn’t dislike her ) murmured how, ‘just as we were starting, my husband was called up on the telephone, a very sad case. A young man ( that is what Sir William is telling Mr. Dalloway ) had killed himself. He had been in the army.’ Oh! thought Clarissa, in the middle of my party, here’s death, she thought.” (Woolfe, 289)

Throughout the story, little sprinkles of war are directly mentioned, like in this quote where they say that Septimus was in the army. Or, more indirectly, like when Clarissa contemplates while watching the taxi cabs about how dangerous it is to live each day. Also when Clarissa demonstrates paranoia toward death when she stops and profoundly thinks about Septimus’s suicide and her life. In the quote, Woolf uses Clarrisa’s thoughts to portray how traumatized she is about the subject of death because at the end of the passage, she exclaims, “here’s death,” almost adding personification to the term. Like she is facing death itself.