To The Lighthouse Essay Research Paper Modernism

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To The Lighthouse Essay, Research Paper Modernism and Modernist writers in general: As a concept Modernism it is difficult to define. In its broadest definition it refers to not only the changes in literature but also the radical changes remarks in Europe and America before 1914 (the Great War) In 1910 King Edward died and George V come to throne. Some new young poets like Gregorians became successful with their works. This time is a transition from Victorian novel to the Modern novel. So, we cannot exactly separate the authors and their works, as they are Victorian or Modern. The novels written in this period can be titled in three groups. The novels written in old Victorian tradition, the other group is the novels that were not significant with their language, style and

form; but actually analysing people s psychologies and their inner life and contradictions and the third group is that gives more importance to its form and style as well as the characters psychologies, their inner life, conflicts and their relation to the real world. (Theme and art are both important) The most significant authors of these type novels are James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. D. H. Lawrence suits the second group. He is said to be profoundly traditional as well as profoundly modern His earlier work, Sons and Lovers, is more traditional. In Virginia Woolf s works personal experiences forms the whole substance of the novel, but for her style; it is true to say that she uses mostly the interior monologue, and steam of consciousness technique. Both stories; D. H. Lawrence

s Sons and Lovers and Virginia Woolf s To the Lighthouse were written almost at the periods, 1913 and 1927; respectively. The years 1910-1930 were the richest periods of English Literature History. (Comparing to seventeenth century and Victorian period) D.H. Lawrence and other authors tended not to reject past but the recent past. Mythological antiques inspired them. As I said before; modernism in English Literature did not affect all the writers. Also, most modern writers were actually not English. Definitely d. h. Lawrence was English but his father was Nottinghamshire miner. Very few writers had traditional university education. Other Modernists were coming from different cultural and ethnic groups. Virginia Woolf was also English but she was coming from a Victorian family,

her father was an academic had a big library in which Virginia could read books at her young age. Some similarities and differences between two writers and their works: D. H. Lawrence third book and according to British readers it was his best, Sons and Lovers, had a main theme, sexuality, and its place in human relations. Industrialism (class distinction) and art were others. According to him; lit. and art should enlarge human s sympathies, so he hated art, which was keeping human s sympathy distanced. His language was rather easy and daily. (Mr. Morel was not careful his language) Virginia Woolf, growing up among the intellects of her time and with her own gift to write, became very successful. To the lighthouse, her most famous novel, is full of metaphors and symbols. Her

novel is concerned with nature of art and artistic creation . For example; Lily Briscoe an artist in the story, is a pure metaphor of herself. To the lighthouse is novel more concerned with personal matters rather than with public matters. The novels cannot be analysed apart from the authors lives. While analysing and interpreting works we should consider the author s life in terms work. These two novels in some respects can go with autobiographical novel type which is a kind of novel in which the subject of novel is inspired by author s own life and experiences. Both authors relationships throughout their lives contributed to their literature and books. Virginia not only tells about her own life but also emphasizes the relationships between her mother and father. Sons and Lovers