To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse


Virginia Woolf

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To the Lighthouse: The Lighthouse, 6 Summary & Analysis

Inside a parenthesis, Macalister’s boy cuts a chunk of flesh from the body of a still-living fish to use as bait for a fishing hook and throws the gouged body into the ocean.
Juxtaposed with Lily’s philosophical meditations, Macalister’s boy’s action and cutting a chunk off the still-living reminds the reader that life is also just a matter of flesh, blood, and consumption, and that it can be brutal.
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