To the Lighthouse
A look at Virginia Woolf’s book `To the Lighthouse.`
This paper analyzes the book `To the Lighthouse` by Virginia Woolf. The writer claims that the author’s art is the creation of a plot or storyline just based on the characters emotions and inner feelings. This paper focuses on these characters and emotions.
“There is not very much there in Virginia Woolf’s 1927 book To the Lighthouse. This is no way keeps it from being a marvelous work of literature, perhaps one of the most marvelous works of literature in which nearly nothing actually happens. In this book, as in Woolf’s other writings, the plot is generated by the inner lives of the characters with psychological effects achieved through the use of imagery, symbol, and metaphor. Her characters unfold themselves by means of the ebb and flow of personal impressions, feelings, and thoughts in what must be seen as a sort of sine qua non of the stream-of-consciousness technique in writing. In Woolf’s hands, the inner lives of human beings and their otherwise average circumstances seem extraordinary and often wondrously beautiful. What To the Lighthouse lacks in plot it makes up for in atmosphere, emotion and the poetic use of language as the characters, moment-by-moment actions, sense impressions and thoughts are described.”