Dr. Divya Joshi

P.G. Dept. of English

Govt. Dungar College




In the novel To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf tried not only to depict her relationship with her parents, but also to assuage the depth of emotional havoc and the Victorian code of conduct for women that were wrecking the female species, during that time.  Woolf analyses the paradoxical glimpses of Mrs. Ramsay in its totality and as an epitome of feminine graces. The novel resounds with the writer’s virtually physically contacting faith in the rejuvenating presence of the mother, nurturing her family with care and warmth. Mrs. Ramsay promotes the myth of innate feminine altruism by accentuating her feminine guile.  As a role model of womanhood she proves Woolf’s metaphor of life that in the final analysis woman’s cosmic victory is over violence, alienation and even the passage of time.  She reveals a feminine consciousness that is in the process of probing every aspect of its relationship with the masculine world. This paper attempts to explore Virginia Woolf’s message of love, tranquility and harmony, representing woman as the Supreme Being who deserves a better lot in a man’s world, without being discriminated against, mortified and ignored.

Strange Spaces and Silences: Mrs. Ramsay’s journey in To the Lighthouse