"Virginia Woolf Does Not Seek To Imitate Form, But To Create Form; Not To Imitate Life, But To Find An Equivalent For Life". Discuss In Relation To 'the Window' In 'to The Lighthouse'

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Virginia Woolf's writing symbolizes a break away from the conventional writings and styles of the Victorian era, to a new radical modern approach to literature. Woolf believed that language was a weapon of expression, and that "each word, syllable, punctuation mark must justify itself" in every sentence of every line. The stream of consciousness style she adopts in 'To the Lighthouse' allows Woolf to explore the nature of individual perception in relationship to collective understanding. In effect, by giving her characters the chance to express themselves freely, paying extreme attention to detail of everything they feel, observe and do, Woolf finds an equivalent for life. Her belief that prose has the "power to say new things, make new shapes, express new passions" leads her to experiment with the "plasticity of language, the suppleness of the sentence, the poetic possibilities of prose" throughout 'The Window'. In essence, Virginia Woolf creates form through her experimentation with language, and through her close attention to detail, finds an equivalent to life in her novel 'To the Lighthouse'.Woolf employs a stream of consciousness style to her writing to find an equivalent for life in 'The Window'. Despite the structural divisions, Woolf's narrative voice remains fluent throughout. It is seemingly a third person narration, yet the voice moves freely from the consciousness of one character to that of another. In essence, Virginia Woolf attempts to take the technique of stream of consciousness to a more ambitious dimension. Woolf's development of the stream of consciousness technique in this novel is regarded by most critics as a tour de force. It was crucial to her purpose that the thought process of several characters should be shown. The individual character and their opinions, what they feel, see and say is integral in Woolf's attempts to create an equivalent for life. Stream of consciousness allows her to explore the nature of individual perception in relationship to collective understanding, central to the development of the novel. Angela Smith states that "their [Virginia Woolf] expression of modernity was the form and narrative voice that allowed the reader to experience the destabilising of the symbolic order, creating not imitating the life of human consciousness". The repetition of the image of "waves" reflects the style of writing, and the constant stream of thoughts, wave after wave, throughout the novel.Virginia Woolf in her novel 'To the Lighthouse' addresses the concept of social classes of the period through her characters. Charles Tansley's almost comical episode in which gets immense pleasure and satisfaction from carrying Mrs Ramsay's bag could be seen as a wider statement of the simplicity of the working classes. Tansley however, has despite his working class background, striven to advance himself through education. Marxist criticism would point out that Virginia Woolf depicts him as riddled filled with anxiety and...

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