Water as Metaphor in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse: Out There in the Floods Alone
Keywords:water, metaphor, To the Lighthouse, V. Woolf., water, metaphor, To the Lighthouse, V. Woolf
This paper explores the metaphorical meanings of water in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse within the mythology of water newly established in Modernism via interpretations of ancient myths by the first anthropologists and psychologists. Special regard is accorded to the symbolic journey over water, in which the hero is disintegrated, but then also regenerated by water.
The most significant symbol in the novel, the lighthouse, by being juxtaposed to the fluidity of life, becoming, and dissipation, acquires additional meanings in this analysis.
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