Disjointed Syntax In Jacob's Room

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Being one of Virginia Woolf’s first novels, Jacob’s Room is an example of how Woolf incorporated modernism to distinguish herself from other writers and novels. She conveys this theme of modernism with her disjointed syntax. The recollections of Jacob’s mother and closest friends in his life are ambiguous narrations that resemble her theme of humanity, how the readers have a lesson to learn from Jacob’s life. In addition, she uses the the symbolism of the character’s letters to embody her theme of communication which adds to her perspective of death. Woolf brings across her topics of humanity, death, and communication in this novel to bring to the reader’s attention the importance of “living life to the fullest” with her techniques of disjointed syntax, ambiguous narration, and symbolism. The central aspect in Jacob’s Room is her modernist text. Her disjointed syntax portrays her modernism; she does not remain consistent with the transitions in her novel. This was the first of her experimental style of writing fiction for which she is known and which she writes expertly in subsequent novels. Because this is the first of that style, there is no connecting point. Jacob, the protagonist, is only the main character viewed through other people. Her syntax matches up with her stream of consciousness: it is shifting and disorganized. At times, she will be narrating Jacob’s life through someone else’s eyes then transition to narrating from Jacob’s eyes. Her disjointed syntax is a
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