Reflection Of Virginia Woolf's Moments Of Being By Virginia Woolf

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Vinh Lee

AP English

July 19 2016

In Virginia Woolf’s excerpt from “Moments of Being,” she describes her adolescent years from her childhood when she would spend her summers in Cornwall, England. She uses many different kinds of language to convey and improve her memories as a child. In the excerpt she uses imagery and tone to help convey her memories with her family. Virginia Woolf uses specific events at the lake to explain her time with her father and how he gave her advice on being passionate and understanding of others. Her use of different languages, tone, imagery, and personal experience give readers an analysis on Virginia Woolf significant years of her past in which she accounts to the every lasting moment she had with her father.
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She writes, “Though my passion for the thrill and the tug had been perhaps the most acute, I then knew his words slowly extinguished it...I ceased to wish to catch fish”. This ties back to her personal experience which conveys a lasting significance to the audience. This quote shows readers the pain she went through by letting go of her favorite hobby. Another way Virginia Woolf conveys her memories is when she changes the tone and mood of the text. The shift in the text conveys the change in her life that she experiences with her father. “Next time if you are going to fish I shan’t come” is a complete shift in tone because just before this she was so excited to fish. In the beginning of the passage she has a more fun and excited tone then at the end she has a more serious tone that was caused by her father shift of tone. Her father’s tone affects Virginia Woolf decision to fish because she believes that he is teaching her a lesson in being passionate. Virginia shift in tone from being excited to serious shows readers that she is developing into a stronger girl for making an adult decision for herself. Her youthful tone that shifted into a more adult tone shows that she was serious in changing her ways even if it meant losing her passion for

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