Virginia Woolf’s Between The Acts Essay

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Virginia Woolf’s Between the acts

Virginia Woolf uses many images in the Between the Acts. Like the other novels I read in the class, the images in the Between the Acts cannot be separated with the story development, and the images themselves construct the story in the book by dismantling the conventional expectation for the novel. However, Woolf uses common and conventional words and images with an experimental way in this novel. This novel constructs the images and the representation with their conventional words and actions of the characters. I think Woof explores how the communal use of the words like songs and cliché makes another meaning or another reversion in their daily life here. The characters in the novel are in the between representative words and their intentions which are overlapped into the words or erased and hidden by the words. The acts in the title of the novel are not only the acts in the play, but also the motion which the characters make and expect, and the motion of the natural sounds and the silence which the people cannot control the interruption from them.

I want to look at how Virginia Woolf uses the words from the people, sounds from the things, and the images of clothes and history for her story in her last novel, Between the Acts. Virginia Woolf's words are not just the tools for her writing but the words themselves are constructing and de-constructing a main plot of the novel. And I think to look the gap between the words and the character's representations who is using the words is the one of the ways to read this novel. Especially, in this novel, she uses words and actions for showing and erasing the gap between the absence and the presence which is prevalent in this novel.

Between the acts is also the book about the process. It can be the process to be something, or it can be the process to be nothing. All incidents and people in the book can be said to do something between their presence and their absent future and absent hope which is coming to them by the appearance of the war. The occurrence of the nature in the book which is placed mainly is not their purpose or their attempt for the purpose, but the interruption occurring in the everywhere and dispersing to the every place in the book. The interruption from the uncontrollable is the main character in Between the Acts. All words have another meaning which is not intended by the interlocutors so that it can be an another interruption between the interlocutors. It is the book about the control and release of the acts and words. All actions which should be controlled by the owners are dispersed in the whole book without any apparent connection. This book is written by Virginia Woolf who feels the imminence of the war. The characters and the situation in the novel are also confronted with the forthcoming war and feel the insecure ambience of the war. In this insecure background, this book is attempting to grasp something which is not here and also...

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