Search icone
Search and publish your papers

A subjective analysis of what one might term as a lighthouse

Or download with : a doc exchange

About the author

Law School
General public

About the document

Published date
documents in English
book reviews
4 pages
General public
0 times
Validated by
0 Comment
Rate this document
  1. Introduction
  2. Mr. Ramsay's type of linear
  3. Conventions of the Romantics
  4. The loss of self
  5. Lighthouse as a symbol of expectation
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

Woolf could choose many ways to describe the Ramsay's to her audience. She could start with a description of their summer home, the price of their rent, or their family lineage in an attempt to engage the reader and establish some common ground on which to build from. But, as Woolf points out in her essay Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown, these tools of the previous generation have no use for her. So, as Woolf would have it, she begins her description of the Ramsays not by convention, but rather by a simple line of dialogue. Both Mrs. and Mr. Ramsay are introduced to the reader by direct quotation, although it seems essential to notice the differences in their introductions. The compassionate Mrs. Ramsay's first words of ?Yes, of course,? contrast sharply with that of her more rigid and rational husband's first uttering of ?But.?

[...] Without hearing the narrator speak these words as if from James's own mind, one might never sense this tension. This combination of subjective narration and the conflicting id and ego provides this novel with much of its flavor and vividness. Also directly influencing the tools of the modernist writers was the influence of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. The idea of secular humanism that is that science can solve all life's mysteries and not faith in the supernatural, seemed to suggest that humans are driven by the same impulses of lower animals and thus controlled by their instincts. [...]

[...] Ramsay!' But nothing happened.? (180) As Lily struggles to portray this one woman, the distance that separates them becomes the lens through which Lily can finally see: much depends, she thought, upon distance: whether people are near us or far from (191) Lily concludes that it would require more than fifty pairs of eyes to truly develop a complete picture of Mrs. Ramsay. Once again, we see Woolf pointing to a subjective lens as the only one capable of capturing reality, and it is through this kaleidoscope that Lily ultimately finds what she sought. Reality takes many forms, and in Woolf's To the Lighthouse these forms produce a cosmic narrative universe full of contradictions, discrepancies, and distorted perceptions. What is the lighthouse? In my mind [...]

Similar documents you may be interested in reading.

A room with a view: Narrating intersubjectivity in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Term papers   |  05/08/2009   |   .doc   |   23 pages

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

 Philosophy & literature   |  Linguistics   |  Presentation   |  01/11/2012   |   .pdf   |   10 pages

Top sold for literature


 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Case study   |  10/14/2013   |   .doc   |   1 page

Bartleby: A Christ-figure

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Presentation   |  04/21/2008   |   .doc   |   3 pages