To The Lighthouse paper

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To The Lighthouse - By Virginia Woolf – Response Paper This close-reading is over the passage in the dinner scene of chapter 17 of The Window . It is the scene where Lily Briscoe attempts to ignore the snide remarks of Charles Tansley by looking at the tablecloth and figuring out how to fix her painting. (130) This passage is significant to the novel because it shows the determination of Lily Briscoe to finish her painting despite negative comments. The painting was initially described as a portrait of Mrs. Ramsay; however, it is later shown to be abstract with shapes and unusual colors. Lily is very sensitive about her work, especially this painting in particular. In spite of the fact that Charles Tansley is an unpleasant man, Lily still finds herself upset that he does not believe in her abilities. The exact moment when Mr. Tansley says, “Women can’t write, women can’t paint,” does not appear in the novel, but it is perpetually repeated within Lily’s stream of consciousness. While the repetition of the line has its roots in Charles Tansley’s judgmental personality, it is linked to a deeper insecurity within Lily. Her life choices break with “normal” conventions as she never marries. The tone of the passage is urgent and anxious which emphasizes Lily’s insecurities. Her
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