I Don’t Need a Man

I wrote my MA Literature thesis on Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse.” Great piece you’ve written here, I think it captures the essence of Woolf’s characterization of Lily Briscoe, as well as her own thoughts on the old adage, “Beauty is as beauty does.”

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I love that Virginia Woolf created Lily Briscoe as she did. Early on, we see her through Mrs Ramsey’s eyes

With her little Chinese eyes and her puckered-up face she would never marry; one could not take her painting very seriously; but she was an independent little creature

Whether the casual racism was meant to be Mrs Ramsey’s or that of Virginia Woolf herself, we shall probably never know, but I think we’re meant to think her visage unlikely to win any competitions for beauty alone. Or her painting either, as far as Mrs Ramsey was concerned. Yet, of all the characters in the book, hers is the keenest eye. She observes and reads people with great insight, and, apart from the instance over dinner when she buckles to Mrs Ramsey’s pressure to conform to her gender and appease the agitation of the atheist Tansley, with soothing words, despite her…

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