Vol. 5, Issue 8 (2018)
Nature of Narrative in To The Lighthouse
Author(s): Bishnu Prasad Pokharel
Abstract: This article analyses To the Lighthouse in the light of probing the psychology of Ramsay family. To probe the psychology of the family Virginia Woolf has used stream of consciousness technique under which thoughts, memories, expectations and feelings have random association. Sometimes the consciousness of Mr. Ramsay is shifted to the consciousness of James Ramsay, then moves to the consciousness of Mrs Ramsay and Lily. The consciousness of these characters has been amalgamated without showing the sense of change in the view. The main objective of the writer is not to allow the readers to identify the way there is the shift in perspective. This is so because there has to be the follow of thought without any disturbances due to the consciousness of clock time and visible shift in perspective. Rather than giving visible social life view she has given importance to the psychological landscape. Having three parts with distintinctive three different aspects the novel does not give importance to the outside world rather values the world within. Mr. Ramsay, Mrs. Ramsay, James, Lily and Charles Tansley are the major characters of this novel. Mr. Ramsay is a self-dramatizing domestic tyrant, who lacks love and affection needed in the family. He fails to internalize the psychology of the children and wife. This is so because he gives importance to down to earth harsh reality. However his wife does have the ability to win the love and affection of the family. The children including James Ramsay find solace only in her. This indicate that his wife Mrs. Ramsey is a psychologist.