To the lighthose: riassunto in inglese

Riassunto in inglese della vita di Virginia Woolf e del suo romanzo To the lighthouse, analisi dei personaggi e simboli nel romanzo (2 pagine formato doc)

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Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf was born in 1882. her father Leslie Stephen was a man of letter so she grew up in a literary and intellectual atmopsphere. She spent her summes in Cornwall where the sea represented one of the most important symbol for her: in fact, water was what is harmonious and feminine but also represented the resolution of the conflicts. Her mother died when she was only 13 years old and she began to be in revolt against her father’s aggressive and tyrannical character and only with her father’s death she could start her own life and literary career.

Virginia Woolf is considered a Modernist novelist: Modernism was a 20th century’s mouvement that included writers but also painters, architects, philosophers and condisted in a reaction against victorian age so they were looking for new. In particularly she criticized victorian age’s novelists beacause she believed that they are too artificial.
In her novels ther isn’t a narrator voice and omniscent narrator disappeared because she thought that external actions, events, were not important.

In fact, she wanted to reproduce what characters feel, their impressions and emotions througt associations of ideas, flashbacks and the language of thught: everything is subjective, related to human being because life is not ordered but is something that you can perceive but that is difficult to describe.

The voyage out (1915) her first novel, written in a traditional style
Modern fiction (1919), her first critical essay
Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown (1929), she attacks vistorian novelists
The common reader (1925)
Orlando (1928), which was devoted to Vita Sackville-West, a novelist with whom she had an intense relationship
A room of One’s own (1929), she esplored many issues connectd with women and writing and she insited on the inseparale link between economic indipendence and artistic independence
Three Guineas (1938), she protests about women’s conditions and against the unequality)
Moments of being (1976)
Women and writing (1979)


To the lighthouse. To the lighthouse is a Virginia Woolf’s novel: it’s a series of experiencese, memories, emotions and feelings of the carachters.
In the first part, called The window, there is the presentation of Mr and Mrs Ramsay who takes their eight children to their house by te sea. Their son James wants to go to the lighthouse and Mrs Ramsay promises that they will go the next day if the weather is fine but Mr Ramsay tells that the weather will not good. The family has some guests, in particularly Lily Biscoe, a young painter who begins a Mrs Ramsay’s portrait.
In the second part, Time passes, the children grow up. Mrs Ramsay dies, and also her daughter Prue and her son Andrew, killed during the battle and the summerhouse falls into a state of decay until the family comes back.
In the third part The lighthouse, Mr Ramsay declares that he wants to go to the lighthouse with James and his daughter Cam and here they live a rare moment of emphaty. At the end Lily Briscoe finishes her painting.


Mrs Ramsay embodied the tipical victorian woman: she is described as a beautiful woman, very generous and unselfish; she is protective about the other sex in particularly about her husband because she has the idea of man worker and women have to support them. She had a very negative vision of war; in fact, her most important aspect is that she realizes that beauty and pleasure of this world are ephemeral and should be protected.