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Virginia Woolf Analysis

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Virginia Woolf’s memoirs are filled with diction, and imagery. Through these devices Woolf shows that it is okay to accept and respect ideas or perceptions that are different. The detail and use of words leads to the significance of memories, which is to grow and learn from them.
The memoir is filled with amazing uses of diction that help convey the significance. The diction helps show the excitement of the speaker’s memories. The line “thrilled” as the boat “shot through the water.” The feeling of the fish being caught with a “leaping tug” was her “thrill.” Her “passion” of catching fish had been “the most acute.” She had such a passion for fishing, she became blind to how her dad felt about it. The diction shows all of the excitement her and her brother had for fishing, because they see it as a “treat.”
Using extreme detail and imagery the speaker is able to describe the significance of her fathers “perfect lesson.” His lesson was not a “rebuke, or a “forbidding” of her “passion.” He simply was making a “statement of his own feeling” when he said “Next time if you are going to fish I shan’t come, I don’t like to see fish caught.” Her “passion” of fishing had been “extinguished” by her father’s words. The speaker realized that her love for fishing was not as great as the love for her father and his feelings. From the memories of her “passion” she once had, she is able to imagine the “sporting passion.” It is a “seed” that will grow and “represent” ideas that are alike and “different” from her own. It is this understanding of difference that was her “perfect lesson.”
The speaker wants to share the love she once had for fishing, but explain that not everyone thinks the same. The significance of memories is that we learn and grow from them. Her perfect lesson is about respecting and accepting the ideas or views of others using diction and imagery.

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