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To The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf

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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Reading To the Lighthouse was more than just another literary experience for me. Virginia Woolf wrote in such a way that challenged my mind, spoke to my emotions and in essence she shut me up and made me listen. Listening was not hard seeing that she had much to say and a unique way of saying it. I found a sensitivity in Woolf's work that I appreciated as it is not a style seen in the work of today. I am only afraid that due to its subtlety, it may go unnoticed by some of my generation of readers. It is interesting to see how discreetly Woolf feeds her opinion on bold and blatant issues to her readers; almost convincing them that they are daily ...view middle of the document...

She has a hard time allowing people to see what she truly holds dear to her soul except for William Bankes. Like many of us, Lily keeps " a feeler on her surroundings lest someone should creep up." It is this classic case of breaking down barriers and exposing one self to the world that Virginia Woolf captures in a way that the reader recognize at first. Instead, the reader only knows that little by little Lily becomes a character that they actually have something in common with. Being a romantic, I was deeply touched by the portrayal of the love shared between Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay. Woolf deals with this matter in such a sensitive and delicate manner that it only intensifies every ounce of the emotion. I identify most with this aspect of the novel and reading about it made me gush and feel as giddy as if were the one who was in love. Sentences like " They became part of that unreal but penetrating and exciting universe which is the world seen through the eyes of love.", appealed so much to the poetic side of me, and I felt grateful reading it because I was happy that someone was able to express this feeling in so profound a way. The misconception that the Ramsays have a strained...

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