To the Lighthouse

“In spring the garden urns, casually filled with wind-blown plants, were gay as ever. Violets came and daffodils. But the stillness and the brightness of the day were as strange as the chaos and tumult of night, with the trees standing there, and the flowers standing there looking before them, looking up, yet beholding nothing, eyeless, and so terrible.”

As mentioned in class, the effects of WWI were tremendous. Before the war, there seem to be a yearning for change. After the war, change was predominant, but the future was unstable. In Woolf’s narrative in chapter 7 of “Time Passes,” Woolf ties the new culture after the war to spring. Spring represents things becoming new. It represents new beginnings. Woolf represents this “spring” (WWI aftermath) as being chaotic. War was chaotic, but trying to cope with the aftermath seems to be just as frightening. Throughout the chapters within “Time Passes,” Woolf looks to the Ramsey’s house and seems to present the house as representing England and it’s culture. While it looks like it is breaking down, it is really just in transition.

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  1. Transition was definitely a prevalent inter-war sentiment. There was even a magazine for expatriate anglophones in Paris called transition. It was a primary organ for surrealist art and literature, among other movements, that directly responded to the unreality of WWI and modern culture.

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