Not surprisingly, considering my use of Woolf’s novel in the Analogy post, my emblem of quickness is a lighthouse. The lighthouse’s periodic flash of light indicates both inspiration (think of the “aha!” moment many describe as a light bulb turning on in the brain) and direction.


Stream of consciousness literature, such as Ah and To the Lighthouse, is full of these “aha!” moments, but sometimes, we may feel a little lost in the reading. This is where the emblem of the lighthouse comes in: though we see the flash of light at regular intervals, the lighthouse itself does not show us the way home. Rather, it is a tool to help us find our way. Likewise, quickness is a strategy authors use to help their readers find their way through a work of literature. While the text may seem inscrutable at times, every so often we experience a flash of understanding. This instant acts as a touchstone for us to understand what the author is trying to say. Like the lighthouse, we can use quickness (the logical pattern of the story) to navigate through the text and find our way home to the author’s meaning.

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