Time Passes

“Time Passes” is the shortest part of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and displays a stark contrast from the first part of the novel. One thing I found to be very interesting is that this piece is the shortest in the whole novel, yet the largest part of time passes in “Time Passes.” I also found it interesting how it seems that the point of view changed in comparison to “The Window.” In “The Window,” the reader was able to not only see the way that each character was acting, but also the way that each character was thinking and feeling, and how that could have contradicted to their action. In “Time Passes”, this was not a common occurrence. In fact, the house is somewhat personified in this context because we see how it changes. In “Time Passes” the house is vacant and ultimately falling apart. This vacancy and absence to me seems to be a parallel to what happened in Europe during World War I. Though World War I was not actively taking place in Britain, and it was at times thought of as something going on “over there” ti still greatly impacted the people because of the loss of those around them.


2 thoughts on “Time Passes

  1. I totally agree with you in all of your points. I would like to add some thoughts I had when reading “Time Passes”. Although it is the shortest passage, it shows the effects time has on the life of people, in this case emphasizing Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay, as if time was measured according to the experience being lived. Also, I think it is very interesting how the things that occur in this passage are related to WWI. For example, the pain of loosing relatives and the feeling of life having no value. I think it is very important to remark how the 10 year period in this passage and the post WWI period raises the question of redemption in people’s lives and the doubt of ever getting over the suffering.

  2. I completely agree with all of your statements regarding the “Time Passes”. Starting with the the “Time Passes”, I also thought It was interested that this was the shortest part in the novel, but the way the author arranged the novel I believe it was meant to be the shortest part. Even though it was actually the longest part it made sense to make time go slow for the novel. You also mentioned “Time Passes” reminded you of World War I. I also believed there was an interest correlation to the novel and WWI. My reason for this would be, For example how the triumph and lonelyness in a way took place in both things. It shows how the people never really understand what really went on and how to over come it.

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