ENG Lecture – October 11 th
To the Lighthouse
Purpose of a symbol: to evoke meaning through a picture
Woolf stated that she meant nothing by the lighthouse, but she wanted her readers
to interpret their own meaning to her words. The book will mean something
different to everyone, different from Dante’s “Inferno” because everyone will end up
at the same conclusion if they have a background of Christian history.
Pg. 23, Mrs. Ramsay walking with Charles past the beach.
“That was the view, but now artists have come here.”
Mrs. Ramsay is talking about the dominant school of painting at this time (1908),
called Impressionism. – Originated in Paris with artist like Monet
Called impressionism because it conveyed the artist’s impression of the objects