An Interpretation of To the lighthouse from the Perspective of Ecofeminism
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 148-152
Received: Apr. 8, 2020; Published: Apr. 17, 2020
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Lei Zhu, School of Foreign Languages, Nanjing XiaoZhuang University, Nanjing, China
Fangting Shen, School of Foreign Languages, Nanjing XiaoZhuang University, Nanjing, China
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Abstract
Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece, To the Lighthouse, fully presents readers with her ecofeministic consciousness although ecofeminism did not come into existence in the era when she created this work. By analyzing the main characters the Ramsay couple and Lily Briscoe, this paper aims to interpret the ecofeminism reflected in this novel. Mr. Ramsay always ignores natural law, making no further progress in his career; Mrs. Ramsay enjoys the beauty of nature, making people around her happy and pleased; Lily alienates herself from nature, feeling puzzled about her painting. In terms of ecofeministic relationship between men and women, the differences in the values of the Ramsay couple result in the breaking up of their emotion, which stimulates Mr. Ramsay to accept some of the views of females; the reconciliation of Lily and Mr. Ramsay leads to their increasingly harmonious relation, which helps Lily achieve an ultimate completion of her painting. With her unique writing style, Virginia Woolf conveys to her readers the importance of achieving harmony between humans and nature and equality between men and women.
Keywords
Ecofeminism, To the lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
To cite this article
Lei Zhu, Fangting Shen, An Interpretation of To the lighthouse from the Perspective of Ecofeminism, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, pp. 148-152. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20200803.17
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