What is the cause of using many monologues instead of dialogues in the novel of Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse?
i need causes related to the novel and to the era of Virginia Woolf i mean fiminist and historical approaches
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As a writer, Virginia Woolf claimed that the task of a novelist is "to convey the varying, unknown and uncircumscribed spirit with as little mixture of the alien and external as possible" and this is exactly what she tried to do with To The Lighthouse. The technique she uses is generally refered to as "stream of consciousness" in which she was not only a pioneer, with the likes of authors such as James Joyce, but also one of the best at articulating the inner thoughts of a multitude of characters. The aim was not to describe what the characters were wearing or what they were seeing but how they felt inside. By doing this, Virginia Woolf was exhibiting the change in times brought on by the new twentieth century writers by which the techniques of their predecessors, who tended to focus on the exterior or environmental reality, were being discarded for a more in depth, psychological view inside the mind. Virginia Woolf wrote her novels during both world wars and suffered from extreme depression in which her writing may have offered therapeutic release for her. As far as feminism goes in To The Lighthouse, the book relies on the idea that men use women as an emotional crutch. This idea seems to hinge more on the view of society and the confines that both men and women find themselves subjected to rather than feminism.
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