Gender Roles : Traditional Vs. Modern Woman

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Ebonee’ English
1 December 2015
ENGL 3700
Research Paper

Gender Role: Traditional vs. Modern Woman

In Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel To the Lighthouse, she inspects various themes, and the theme of female gender role is one of them. Through the stream of consciousness Woolf channels into the inner world of her characters and expresses these themes through their thoughts and feelings. A central motif of the novel is the parallelism of Mrs. Ramsay, the traditional woman and Lily, the modern woman. In essence, Woolf argues that through exploration and the portrayal of these two women is a challenge within traditional gender role of women. Daniela Munca, in “Virginia Woolf’s Answer to ‘Women Can’t Paint, Women Can’t Write’ in To the Lighthouse” argues that apart from the political, social, and artistic implications to the Victorian stereotypes is related to gender roles. She observes Woolf’s attitude to the Victorian stereotypes that carries a deeper message of the relationship amongst her parents. This is determined by her need to rest some unresolved issues concerning her status as a woman artist. Analyzing the novel, Lily Briscoe, the unmarried painter, finally manages to conceptualize Woolf’s vision at the end of the novel. In the beginning, Lily is faced with her own insecurities to resolve. Secondly, she have to prove to herself that women can paint while connecting to Mr. Ramsay. The parallel implication of Lily matures as a painter and Virginia Woolf overcoming
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