Analysis Of The Poem ' The Lighthouse '

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Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse follows the progress of the painter, Lily Briscoe, as she aims to create a meaningful space for her artwork in an increasingly critical and subjective environment. Throughout this novel, Lily Briscoe is characterized as an artist who is constantly either painting or thinking about her painting. Lily is very private of her artwork and everything she comes across is anchored back to her painting. Lily’s painting represents a feminine artistic vison. Regardless of what others think of her painting, she has a desire to finish her artwork. The development of this motif contributes to the theme of women 's artistic ability and independence, a theme through which we come to see an unexpected connection between Lily and Mrs. Ramsay. As Lily’s artwork can be described as the art of representation, Mrs. Ramsay’s is best considered to be the art of connection and comfort. Ultimately, Mrs. Ramsay’s art allows Lily to complete her own piece of art, while providing hope for its permanence. As Mrs. Ramsay is setting up dinner for a party she is hosting, Woolf describes the dinner scene as if looking at a painting. Woolf notes the physical description and setting before going into more details that illustrate a deeper meaning. The physical appearance of the dinner scene is observed first as Mrs. Ramsay is “taking her place at the head of the table, and looking at all the plates making white circles on it…an infinitely long table and plates and
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