Moments of Being Setting & Symbolism

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London

England's capital city, and the city in which Virginia Woolf and her family lived all their lives.

Kensington Gardens

A large park in the heart of Central London, through which Virginia and her family walked regularly and often. It can perhaps be seen as symbolizing the influence of nature and freedom in their young lives, and as such, its presence in Virginia's narratives of her childhood can perhaps be seen as foreshadowing of the intellectual freedom and more "natural" lifestyle of her Bloomsbury-centered adulthood.

22 Hyde Park Gate

Virginia's childhood home in London. It's described as being small, crowded, dark and uncomfortably laid out and can be seen as symbolizing the emotional and intellectual darkness that Virginia experienced after her mother's death. She makes a vividly defined effort to paint a clear contrast between the stifling atmosphere here and the much lighter, freer atmosphere of her adult home...

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