To the Lighthouse

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To the Lighthouse, published in 1927 is one of Virginia Woolf’s most successful novels written in a stream of consciousness style. The novel is divided into three parts, which revolve around the members of the Ramsey family and their guests during visits to their summer vacationing residence on the Isle of Skye. The central preoccupation within the novel however is not to be found within the lives of the characters, instead they are seen as …

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…The house is slowly overcome and reclaimed by nature; it cannot on its own hold back the effect of time. The domestic space that Mrs. Ramsey wishes to maintain is finally seen to emanate from the individuals themselves and not from the physical space of the house. It is Mrs. Ramsey who creates a stability of place within herself, it is to her that people come to be reaffirmed and to stabilize their own identity.