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To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

Friendship Theme

Friendship plays a secondary role to love in the novel, but for Lily Briscoe, friendship is the most she has ever truly wanted from a man. The other friendship we see (retrospectively) is between Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Bankes. It failed.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Why are Lily and William friends only? Could Mrs. Ramsay have persuaded them to become more than that?
  2. What is William Bankes’s attitude towards friendship?
  3. What is the role of friendship in this novel?

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Given time, Mrs. Ramsay could have persuaded Lily and William to marry.

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