Virginia Woolf: biografia e opere

Riassunto breve della biografia e delle opere principali della scrittrice britannica, Virginia Woolf (1 pagine formato doc)

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Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf is one of the writers who expresses their dissatisfaction with the form of the traditional novel.

Her aim was to reproduce the inner reality of her characters, which, in her opinion, was much more important than the exterior reality. She uses the technique of the interior monologue in order to create a direct contact between the reader and the workings of the of her characters. Rather than charting the linear sequence of events in the way of the traditional realist novel, Woolf is interested in the impressions of characters who experience these events, in other words, in their subjectivity.
She attacked her contemporary conventional novelists accusing them of being, more interested in people's social affairs and conditions than in their minds.
In her works the epiphany has a great role: an epiphany is a momentary, sudden revelation, and it has an emotional connotation and is limited in time. It is a vision which shows us the meaning of life, but, when it passes away, chaos and uncertainty return.

La vedova e il pappagallo di Woolf: trama e analisi


She realized that to be an artist meant to have a perfect combination of masculine and feminine qualities, so she tried to solve the problem by adopting two different styles: one for her pieces of criticism and essays, which was clear, logical, concise, `masculine'; the other for her works of imagination, which was poetic, transparent; flexible, rhythmic, 'feminine'.
It is in To the Lighthouse that the masculine and feminine are deeply analysed and there is a concrete example of the perfect union between the two. Mrs Ramsay symbolizes femininity, she is the centre of the house and with her energy she creates harmony. Her way of approaching life is intuitive. Instead Mr Ramsay is the intellectual, he reaches the truth by deductive thought, he is male, hard, alone and demanding. He and his wife represent two kinds of truth, two ways of approaching reality, which are both necessary. But it is Lily, the artist, who has both outlooks.
The structure of the novel reflects a particular idea of time: the first part, The Window, is set on a late summer afternoon and evening; the second part, Time Passes, is set during a night, but it is a night in which ten years are evoked; the third part, The Lighthouse, is set in the Morning. So the novel practically covers one day, but time expands to a much longer period.

Virginia Woolf: pensiero in inglese


Because of the fact that the structure of the book is based on the interior monologue, the consciousness of the individual is particularly highlighted. In To the Lighthouse Woolf uses a "decorated process of thought" in which the physical world around a character takes on their form of thought. As a result, the world that surrounds the characters has a symbolic status with different and specific meanings for each character. Throughout the novel, the personality and consciousness of each person expresses itself in the way that the world seems when they stand in it.