Lady in the looking glass-Questions


3)What kind of contrast is there between the objects inside the house and outside the house, as they are reflected in the mirror?

5)What are the known facts about Isabella’s outer self?

6)What material objects inside and outside the house does the narrator use to imagine Isabella’s life?

7)What are Isabella’s letters supposed to conceal, according to the narrator? What would one know if one could only read them?

9)In this story Woolf questions whether the inner self of an individual is finally knowable. What do you think is her conclusion? Provide support for your statement.

10)What do you think is the role of the mirror in the story? How has the mirror been used as a metaphor in literature?




The contrast that is generated through the mirror, between the garden and the interior of the house. its mainly the difference between the visually beautifullnes, that is to say a lot of green and the shades of colors. In addition to, the climate and the atmosphere. on the other hand there is the interior part of the house, which is in poor conditions. The house is described as old giving it a macabre and messy and chaotic touch. Besides, What history really wants to hire in addition to the garden and the interior of the house, is the feelings and what this woman shows to the people. that is to say that she really shows on the outside a reality that does not represent her, because inside she is distraught and sad.


The facts of Isabella´s outer self seen by the other in the story are not true. We as readers we are the only ones that know this as we can see what people think of her and how she really is feeling. They think about her happy life her gorgeous garden and her beauty. The thing is all these people can not see her inner self so they would never know how she feels. 


The narrator uses elements of the story such as flowers to describe Isabella’s life. Use, for example, «Her trance of immortality», «sunflowers», «white and violet roses». He explains how she is organized by how she picks flowers with her «thin summer dress». On the other hand in narrator, He mentions that she is rich due to all the trips she made and the amount of things she brought with her.

7) The narrator thinks that this letters are supposed to conceal Isabella true self. I someone could read them they will really understand Isabella´s feelings and experiences they could feel what she feels that is why they are very important as they can connect you with her.

9) The inner self of an individual to be knowable it is very complicated. In the story Isabella´s is a woman who pretends to be someone else. At that time women´s opinion was not taken into account. We can take this story as a way of criticizing the society rules and a way in which women want to express they should be free to listen and be able express themselves.


The role of the mirror in this story is to show the girl the true reality and on the other hand she shows her inside and outside of her feelings. The mirror is used to show Isabela what she really is, her reality. It can be said that it is a metaphor and what does it compare to the mirror with Isabella. We can say this since a mirror is an object and in this story Isabella is treated in the same way by society.



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