To The Lighthouse: Time Passes

In Part 2 of Virginia Woolf’s novel, the use of imagry through nature seems to depict the horrors and aftermath of World War I. To begin the chapter, Woolf uses imagry to explain the ingorance of others not fighting in the war. She also could be depicting how human beings are ignorant in their actions, “So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpouring of immense darkness began”. The War, as Woolf seems to put it, marks the time and place when human being’s ignorance begins. Woolf explains the sights and sounds of the war as well, which create emotions towards the war in the characters. She uses a narrative style to show the horrors that the individuals witnessing the war.

Furthermore, Woolf’s style of writing appears to describe the war through an individual’s perspective. Woolf’s narrative style allows the reader to feel as if they were in the character’s shoes watching the events occur. “there seemed to drop into this silence this indifference, this integrity, the thud of something falling. [A shell exploded. Twenty or thirty young men were blown up in France, among them Andrew Ramsay, whose death, mercifully, was instantaneous”. (135) These ideas that Woolf uses allow the reader to clearly see the emotions soldier’s families must have felt as well as the dangers they encountered close to their homes.


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