.. eristics show comparison to the characteristics of Lily Briscoe in To the Lighthouse who also is an artist, very close to Mrs. Ramsay. Regardless of parallelism between Lily Briscoe and Vanessa Bell, many other members are depicted through the minor characters. The character Peter Walsh, a government official who works in India, suggests a close friend of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes.
Keynes was an economist who worked in the India Office and in government economics during the World War I. Although not constant in opinion, many suggest that Thoby Stephen, Virginia Woolfs brother who died in Greece, is implied in the character Anthony Ramsay, who dies in World War I, since they share in common an untimely death. Nonetheless, if her novels were to be portrayed as somewhat of autobiographical writings, then without delivering her beliefs, views and personal events, the novels are simply empty shells. Accordingly, Woolf delivered her characteristic to the audience through the main characters of each novel. In Mrs. Dalloway Woolf accomplishes such a feat through the main characters, Mrs. Dalloway and Septimus Smith, who are in many ways parallel characters.
In a like manner, this was done through the co-main characters, Mrs. Ramsay and Lily Briscoe. Woolf publicized her inner-most personal views and beliefs which in general sense ensued from the new ideologies and beliefs of late Victorian Era. Woolf was a Modernist, and like most Modernist she was an atheist. This characteristic parallels Mrs.
Dalloway who opposed religion. Furthermore, as feminism was becoming popular during her days, Woolf partook in its movement. She believed that women could be in charge and that women were not inferior to men. Lily Briscoe openly displays Woolfs belief of women for she, who as an independent woman sees the big picture and enjoys life without dominating men around her life. Although done in an implied sense, Mrs. Dalloway and Mrs.
Ramsay each represent how impressive of a leader woman can be as a social and emotional leader of a household. Homosexuality had played a major component in Woolfs life. Bloomsbury Group composed of many homosexuals, including Virginia Woolf herself. Woolf had a homosexual affair with a journalist by the name of Vita Sackville West. However, Woolf tried to keep this affair a secret because she was fearful of the societys criticism. In this same way Mrs. Dalloway and Sally Secton share a homosexual relationship which Mrs.
Dalloway wants to keep concealed. In a lesser degree this is also shown in To the Lighthouse through Lily Briscoe and her affection towards Mrs. Ramsay, although they do not share any sexual relationship: “Was it, once more, the deceptiveness of beauty, so that all ones perceptions, half way to truth, were tangled What art was there, known to love or cunning..Could loving as people called it, make her and Mrs. Ramsay one? for it was not knowledge but unity that she desired..intimacy itself.” There was one major burden that Woolf had carried throughout her life, anorexia and depression. Perhaps it was caused due to the sexual abuse that she received as a child by her stepbrother, perhaps it was something else; however, by all means, this disorder was severe. Sometime after her first mental breakdown, three suicides were attempted by Virginia Woolf, with latter attempt resulting in death, were believed to be due to this disorder.
This perspective of Woolf is paralleled in Septimus Smith who suffers from mental illness and depression as a post-war effect. Septimus undergoes two mental breakdowns and commits suicide in his third mental breakdown. Because there is so much parallelism between Woolf and her characters some believe that Woolf was preparing for her suicide. Many great writers such as Emily Dickinson and Oscar Wilde voice their opinion through their writings. Likewise, Woolf shared her opinion, beliefs, and her life through Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.
What Woolf believed, the people who she was near to, and her society made her who she was. In these two novels, Woolf attempted to address the problems of her generation as social criticism, while addressing the loneliness of each individual and their reason to find their selves and a lover or a friend. Thus, Woolf addressed the feminism of the society, the difference between two social classes, her father, her husband, her homosexual partner, and her mental disorder through her characters and the setting. To present the whole picture, Woolfs society, her family members, and her personal beliefs and happenings are paralleled in her novels societies, minor, and main characters, respectively; display the picture of her novels in three great layers of depth. Bibliography “Beneath A Rougher Sea Virginia Woolfs Psychiatric History.” Online. Available http://ourworld.compuserve. com/homepages/malcolmi/vwframe.htm, February 28, 1999.
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