1.1 Modernist novel. Stream of
consciousness - progressive
1.2 Long paragraphs reflect complexity of modern life
1.2.1 and also the irregularities of thought
1.3 In light of Freud's insights -
there is a quote for this.
1.4 Love is both beneficial and destructive
1.5 James Ramsay hates Mr Ramsay- his father.
1.5.1 pg.137 'I shall take a knife and strike him to the heart'
18.104.22.168 Freudian philosophy?
1.5.2 'sat staring at his father in impotent rage'
1.5.3 Feels the need to fight for his mother's
attention against his father
1.5.4 He is the child most criticised by his father bc Mr Ramsay
feels that James has robbed him of the affection/sympathy
he needs from Mrs Ramsay.
1.6 KEY THEME: LOVE AS DESTRUCTION
1.6.1 "it is precisely that love gives life that it has to destroy"
22.214.171.124 Sheldon Brivic, General OneFile
1.6.2 No form of love is exempt from destructiveness (Brivic)
1.6.3 'Mrs Ramsay is 'reminded of the inadequacy
of human relations, that the most perfect was
1.6.4 Lily Briscoe thinks of the 'horror' and 'cruelty' of love but believes it is
'necessary' an 'beautiful' nevertheless
1.6.5 Love gives purpose amid chaos: Lily thinks when
Mr Bankes is gazing at Mrs Ramsay: love is 'like
the love which mathematicians bear for symbols,
or poets their phrases'
126.96.36.199 which becomes part of 'human gain'
188.8.131.52.1 all forms of love work
together to better the
1.6.6 V.W.'s diaries
184.108.40.206 On Mr and Mrs Ramsay: 'his
eccentricities...coincided with her
normalities', likewise when he is 'sane' she
is 'romantic and extreme'
220.127.116.11.1 They reciprocate each other. Harmony.
1.6.7 Mr & Mrs Ramsay are 'two different notes' but when 'struck
together, seem to give each other as they combine'
18.104.22.168 Mrs Ramsay says 'yes' at the beginning of the novel about going to the lighthouse, but Mr
Ramsay disagrees. Consequently, Woolf is showing the reader straight away that Mrs
Ramsay represents comfort and emotional side of life, while her husband represents the
rational and scientific.