To the Lighthouse | Study Guide

Virginia Woolf

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to-the-lighthouse-virginia-woolfNarrator, Part 1, Chapter 9Mrs. RamsayStunningly beautiful; emotionally supportive wife, mother, and benefactor Minta DoyleVivacious, outgoing tomboy; envied by Mrs. RamsayLove & LossFrom familial ties to quiet longing, love and the lack of it lie heavy on the minds of each character. Reality vs. the IdealThe disorder of life is contrasted with the ideal of beauty and truth.JamesSon who despises his father but is very similar LighthouseSymbolizes inaccessibility and the multiple nature of things TreeEmbodies love, life, and connection PaintingRepresents catharsis and understandingMain CharactersInternal LifeThe vibrant musings of many characters often prove richer and more comforting than everyday life. Mr. RamsayManic; emotionally needy husband and fatherPaul RayleyCharming but simple-minded man; loves MintaLily BriscoeIntroverted artist; loves and envies the Ramsays and paints Mrs. Ramsay and JamesCamUntamed and imaginative teenage daughterTo the Lighthouseby the NumbersRamsay children in the novel8Characters who die in the 10 years between the first and last parts of the novel3Year Woolf won a French literary award for the novel, later calling it a dog show prize1928Woolf was an experimental novelist who once described people as splinters and mosaics.” Her view of people as fragmented beings greatly inspired her use of stream-of- consciousness writing, a technique that revolutionized modern literature. Despite her innovative methods, Woolf lacked confidence in her work.VIRGINIA WOOLF1882–1941ThemesAuthorSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, Merriam-Websters Encyclopedia of Literature, New York Times, Stream of Consciousness in the Modern Novel by Robert Humphrey, Virginia Woolf: The Complete Collection by Virginia Woolf Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Set in Scotland, To The Lighthouse explores human connection, emotion, and loss. Over two days, set 10 years and a world war apart, the Ramsays and friends spend time at the Ramsays’ summer house. Their second meeting reveals how the life and death of someone like Mrs. Ramsay can drastically affect the lives of family and acquaintances.Longing for ConnectionSYMBOLSlight here required a shadow there.Virginia Woolf1927EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageTo the LighthouseDrama

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