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To the Lighthouse

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ENG140Y1
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Nick Mount

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To the Lighthouse, Continuation – October 12 , 2012  • Stream of consciousness, set of different impressions • “A symbol”, a sign, anything that signifies something else. Every word in every  language is a symbol.  •  “cross”, signifier: the word, signified: the image • Cultural and public symbols, particular meanings, change over time. The  swastika, was a fairly neutral symbol of power, WWII changed this.  • A peacock, is a natural symbol for prime. Natural symbols may become a cultural  symbol. • The function of symbol, uses a particular object to suggest an abstract concept.  “the translucence of the eternal…”, letting the universal shine through a concrete  object. • “Windows”, “skulls”, “wind”, even Mr. Ramsey’s “boots”. The lighthouse of  course is the main symbol, what does it mean?  •  Safety, guidance, direction, the way home. Danger. Hope, harbor.  • A fixed point in the dark, an unattainable entity. • Many things remain unfinished Mr. Ramsey’s alphabet, Mrs. Ramsey’s knitting,  lily’s painting)  •  Imagination (pg 94), She meant
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