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The Unity of to the Lighthouse Achieved by Sonata Form

DOI: 10.4236/als.2016.41003, PP. 16-21

Keywords: To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf, Unity, Sonata Form

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Virginia Woolf is a master of language, and she is also very familiar with the rhythm of music. As the forerunner of stream of consciousness, she devotes herself to the innovation of the form, so as to achieve the beauty of a formal unity. The structure of To the Lighthouse coordinates the movement of sonata form, which fully expresses the conflict and harmony of the feelings and thoughts, and makes the whole novel develop smoothly. This paper is focused on the sonata form integrate into the narrative art, so as to show the way Woolf builds the wholeness out of the fragments in human mind.


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