Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse Analysis

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Virginia Woolf, a world renown author with a portfolio of novels has a very distinct writing style that emphasize character development above all. True to her writing style, Virginia Woolf, in the novel To the Lighthouse, focuses on developing her characters while, at the same time, manages to convey her message.
In To the Lighthouse, Woolf uses her characters to explore the variety of different art forms. Unlike other tangible art forms, Mrs. Ramsay’s art can be said to be the art of pleasing others. In “Part 1: The Window”, Mrs. Ramsay is seen using her deft social skills and memorizing beauty to influence other people, make personal connections, and impact the world around her through other people. This form of art is rather intangible
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Ramsay is setting up the dinner table and notices her guests are sitting in undesirable positions, “There was no beauty anywhere. She forebore to look at Mr Tansley. Nothing seemed to have merged. They all sat separate. And the whole of the effort of merging and flowing and creating rested on her” (Woolf 70). Mrs. Ramsay’s comment demonstrates her artist desire to fix and perfect her artwork. It was up to Mrs. Ramsay to correct the flaws of her artwork by connecting all of her guests together by using her overwhelming charisma. For the remaining time of the dinner party, the guests dedicate most of their attention on Mrs. Ramsay and at the same time, Mrs. Ramsay pays most of her attention to pleasing her guests. For example, Mrs. Ramsay indirectly forces Lily Briscoe to strike conversation with Mr. Tansley after she notices he is clearly uncomfortable. By interpreting the dinner party as a symbol of the overall art piece, the reader gain new insights into Mrs. Ramsay’s social art skills. The significance of Mrs. Ramsay’s art is very profound and her work manages to survive the passage of time through the memories of other characters. Even after Mrs. Ramsay’s death, Lily Briscoe, a guest of the Ramsay dinner party, still retain her memories of Mrs. Ramsay and draw inspirations from the deceased mentor to finally perfect her portrait. Mrs. Ramsay’s art and its effects conform with the overarching theme of the novel that art can endure the wear of
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