Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel To the Lighthouse focuses on a family’s summer home in the early twentieth century. The home is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay, a respected philosopher and a loving mother to all respectively, and their eight children. The family welcomes friends, associates, and admirers of Mr. Ramsay to spend the summer with them. Virginia Woolf uses this mixed group of characters to examine their relations both in conversation and thought. One major theme is the idea of a lighthouse. Throughout the novel, the Ramsays’ youngest son, James, wishes to visit the lighthouse on an island in the distance. This metaphor of a lighthouse represents a hopeful dream or goal. Woolf creates each character with an individual “lighthouse” that is brought out through their thoughts or interactions with other characters. Each goal directly relates to their personalities and actions. However, as Woolf intends, each lighthouse is a merely a tiny encapsulation of something much larger and more meaningful. Each character’s lighthouse represents a microcosm inside of a macrocosmic world or idea. In this photo essay, images will be used to represent each character’s personality, “lighthouse”, as well as the Modernist microcosms and macrocosms they live in.