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In what sense might Virginia Woolfs novel To The Lighthouse be understood as a feminist text When looking at To The Lighthouse we see the conventional usage of feminisms challenged Woolf uses many different styles and techniques and although the term feminist is never used within the novel it clearly is a feminist text Woolfs work challenges representation and treatment of women and the social relationship between men and women this is shown most poignantly within the novel To The Lighthouse I intend to investigate the usage of feminist writing within this text Mrs Ramsay and Lily Briscoe are the two main female characters in the novel Women Mrs Ramsay believes are there to care for others marry people off and harmonize everyone They are also there shown within her inner monologue to protect men and to nurture their ego She had the whole of the other sex under her protection for reasons she could not explain for their chivalry and valour 13 To The Lighthouse To The Lighthouse is a novel that is fascinated by women as the perspectives of Mrs Ramsay and Lily are the most fully developed narratives within the text Woolfs To The Lighthouse asks the question of the sexuality of women and questions the womens role within the family Lily does represent Woolfs ideal women and Mrs Ramsay in direct contrast is portrayed as the angel of the house Woolfs essay Professions For Women attacks Victorian institutions she writes about killing the angel of the house which she successfully manages through Mrs Ramsays death in To The Lighthouse Mrs Ramsay is a product of the Victorian era she is described in terms of delicateness of feminity and Woolf romanticizes her and uses passive language to portray her Woolfs theory in A Room Of Ones Own is significant because it helps to understand her issues with gender and feminist politics set by
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