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Woolf Day 4. Stanford Podcast. Questions?. Initial Chapters must introduce conflicts. James’ desire to go to the lighthouse Mrs. Ramsay vs. Mr. Ramsay Mrs. Ramsay vs. Lily Men. vs. women. Novels must have…. Characters Setting Action Conflict Themes and motifs Structure POV.

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initial chapters must introduce conflicts
Initial Chapters must introduce conflicts
  • James’ desire to go to the lighthouse
  • Mrs. Ramsay vs. Mr. Ramsay
  • Mrs. Ramsay vs. Lily
  • Men. vs. women
novels must have
Novels must have…
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Action
  • Conflict
  • Themes and motifs
  • Structure
  • POV
key characters
Key Characters
  • Mrs. Ramsay: Her concerns
    • Her husband: 14: “possibly she might have managed things better – her husband; money; his books. But for her own part she would never for a single second regret her decision…”
    • The sick, the poor:
      • 11: “it was to be given to the Lighthouse keeper for his little boy, who was threatened with a tuberculous hip…”
      • 17: “She had in mind at the moment, rich and poor, high and low…the ruminated the other problem, of rich and poor, and the things she saw with her own eyes…”

Marriage and children

    • 10: “so that his mother…imagined him all red and ermine on the Bench or directing a stern and momentous enterprise in some crisis of public affairs.”
    • 12: “…if you were married, not to see your wife, not to know how your children were…”
    • 14: “…it was only in silence…that her daughters…could sport with infidel ideas which they had brewed for themselves…”
    • 19: “…he had made an unfortunate marriage…”
    • 29: “ With her little Chinese eyes…she would never marry…”


    • 25: “she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen…”
  • Men:
    • 13: “she had the whole of the other sex under her protection; for reasons she could not explain…”(13)

Mr. Ramsay:

    • Page 11: how he thinks
  • Mr. Tansley:
    • Mr. Ramsay’s student: 15
    • Insecurity and ego due to social class: 24
important symbols and ideas are introduced
Important symbols and ideas are introduced
  • The lighthouse
    • first mention on page11: “if they did go to the Lighthouse after all”
    • 15: Tansley: “There’ll be no landing at the Lighthouse tomorrow”
    • 23 “the hoary Lighthouse, distant, austere”
    • II. 26: “No going to the Lighthouse, James.” III. “Perhaps it will be fine tomorrow.”


    • 23: “But now, she said, artists had come here…”
    • 29, Lily’s picture: “With her little Chinese eyes and her puckered-up face, she would enver marry; one coud not take her painting very seriously…”


    • 12: “to see the same dreary waves breaking week after week…for fear of being swept into the sea?”
    • 14: “When she looked in the glass and saw her hair grey, her cheek sun, at fifty…”
    • 27-28: “so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach…”

Gender: men vs. women.

    • Mrs. Ramsay is given to hyperbole
    • The men prefer facts
      • 10-11: “What he said was true. It was always true. He was incapable of untruth; never tampered with a fact…”
      • 15: “She could not help laughing at herself sometimes…”
  • Research the modernist movement and Woolf’s part in it
  • Research the Bloomsbury Group: what it was, its influence and importance
  • Research the effect of World War One on England’s CULTURE
  • Research the suffragette movement in England in the early 20th century
  • Research the growth in vocational opportunities for women in England in the early 20th century
  • “The Angel in the House”: read the excerpt and research the poem, be able to explain the concept of the “angel in the house” its influence/significance
  • “Professions for Women”: read the excerpt and research the origins of the lecture…be able to explain the ideas
  • “A Room of One’s Own”: excerpt, research on the work itself and its impact, explain ideas in the excerpt