Narrative perspective in “To the Lighthouse” really makes the book meaningful. The book seemingly has very little plot and is difficult to follow because you as a reader are never sure whose viewpoint you are reading. It seems to be very disjointed, but I believe this is the point. In dealing with World War I or any war in general there is very rarely a “right” or “wrong” side and by switching between different people’s viewpoints and the viewpoints of the narrator we get a disjointed view of things and are left to put them together into our own thoughts.
“[A shell exploded. Twenty or thirty young men were blown up in France, among them Andrew Ramsay, whose death, mercifully, was instantaneous]” I have seen that this quote has been used multiple times on the blog but it truly portrays this disjointed view of war. It is an interruption of perspective and so blunt and straightforward. Out of nowhere, men are blown up instantaneously. It is very shocking and confusing to say this is a merciful death, but that’s exactly what it was. This shows just how terrible the war was and responds to its chaos and death.