Modern Fiction



Modernfiction can be compared to a spider`s web, which is attached to lifearound all the four corners. The &quotwebs&quot can be said thatthey are attached to things especially the challenges that peopleface in their day-to-day life (Woolf, &amp Bradshaw, 2001, p.43).They include health, environment, money and houses that people livein. The above statement can be understood in two different ways. Wecan conclude how Woolf viewed the world around her and how she triedto capture them in her narratives. We can also imagine it in a viceversa way and see the author as susceptible to the daily experiencesand events in her life. It is challenging and very difficult to findout the exact time when one historical event ends and when the otherone begins. The modern era was specifically a scene of extensivecultural, social and political changes.

ModernFiction in the Story

By writing her publication, &quotThe Mark on the Wall,&quot shedissociated with other conventional styles of writing used by manyauthors of her era. The story was her aim to show reality as itappeared in her own opinion and the way it was supposed to appear.She abandoned clear contours to portray and paint what people she sawin a more freely way (Woolf, &amp Bradshaw, 2001). For instance,&quotmelting snow, breaking the ice, the flood&quot are used by theauthor to record the changing tides of reverie and consciousness.

The story &quotThe Mark on the Wall&quot has used severalimaginations even though the imagination used in this story is notdirected to a person but an object. &quotThe mark on the wallillustrates driving forces behind the author`s fiction and sheclearly emphasize on the curiosity about other people. In this story&quotThe Mark on the Wall&quot, Woolf introduces a motif that ofindividuals who &quotface each other in omnibuses and undergroundrailway.&quot These inspire the author with curiosity to express indetail and paint the story with a lot of imagination (Woolf, V. &ampBradshaw, 2001, p.56).The author`s impressionist styles been usedgreatly in the story. The narrator observes a mark on the wall as shesits down smoking, and she starts to meditate about the situation.While meditating, the impressions flow very swiftly. In this, theauthor has used imagination and modern fiction to paint the life ofhuman beings. She uses imagination to compare the life of humanbeings with observable physical objects. The reflections by theauthor indicate how Woolf has developed impressionist as a method tocreate a clear life of human beings. The author`s frequentillustrations of the snail on the wall keep the reader on toes withthe flowing events in the story. This, therefore, is the applicationof the modern fiction to make the story as interesting as possible.


The author of this story did not just write but in most cases, shepainted the stories with words. The writer was always observing thesurrounding using her eyes as an artist and, therefore, her storyglow with light and colors. The stories can easily be understood andreflected upon by the readers of her novel. In her attempt to showthe emotions the way they appeared, she sought some assistance in therainbow of colors and the new kinds of visual media.


Woolf,V. &amp Bradshaw, D. (2001). Themark on the wall and other short fiction.New York: Oxford University Press.