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Topic for discussion: Week 10

In what ways do you think The Leopard is similar to To the Lighthouse? In what ways is it different?


The Leopard is similar To the Lighthouse in that both Lempedusa and Woolf make their opinions known throughout their novels. Lampedusa interjects throughout the novel stating his opinions, whereas, Woolf portrays her view of life through the symbols in the book, such as the sea symbolizing how Woolf views life as if it is moments in time that come and go. In the novel, the sea eats away at the land, as if it were symbolizing time moving forward and never being able to relive the past. Also, they are both on a time line describing events chronologically throughout time. The two novels are different in The Leopard, love isn't the ultimate motive for being with someone, it is the status and quality of life due to money that the characters look towards, whereas, love between the characters in To the Light House was quite evident. For example, Mrs. Ramsay's relationship with her children.

The style that they are written in is very similar. I believe that Prof. Fitzgerald also said that Lampedusa was influenced by Woolf when he wrote "The Leopard." They both are also able to express things subtly in their books through the use of symbolism.

I enjoyed reading both of these books and found them to be very interesting. The main differences and similiarities are seen in these author's writing styles. Virginia Woolf loves to use symbolism and integrates a bunch of it into her works, while Lampedusa puts more of himself directly into the book (i.e. showing what and how he feels, without using symbolism). The big similarity which I saw was the structure in which the book was written. In both of the books a lot of time passes. Both the dinner party in "To The Lighthouse" and the ball in "The Leopard" make up a large portion of the book, yet not as much as time passes; compared to the rest of the book and other chapters. Both are great books, though I liked "The Leopard" a bit more.