Essay on William Woolf 's The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

976 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
When authors write novels they are relinquishing part of themselves to their audience. After Virginia Woolf’s suicide many psychologists analyzed her novels and diagnosed her with manic-depressive and bipolar disorder. In To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s applies psychological concepts, such as unconscious motives, oedipus complex, and the stream of consciousness, to give us greater insight into her own ways of thinking, so that we can be more tolerant of those with mental illness.
Throughout the novel it becomes abundantly clear that Woolf has unconsciously made Mrs. and Mr. Ramsay her parents. Upon beginning the novel we are led to believe that Mrs. Ramsay is the protagonist of the story, but come part two we are given some terrible news, “[Mr. Ramsay, stumbling along a passage one dark morning, stretched his arms out, but Mrs. Ramsay having died rather suddenly the night before, his arms,though stretched out, remained empty.]” (128). When Woolf was thirteen, she also received some terrible news, her mother was dead. She said it was “the greatest disaster that could happen.” Woolf 's life from there was a downward spiral, her disorders worsened and she no longer had her rock to keep her grounded. She reflects this in the novel by messing with the time frame, killing off characters, using a macabre word choice. After Mrs. Ramsay dies, she said that the house was empty and, “only hangings that flapped, wood that creaked, the bare legs of tables, saucepans and china already…

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