The modern novel, unlike its predecessors, is concerned with true reality without any type of romanticizing or embellishment. The elements of ambiguity, confusion of setting or time period, and lack of coherence present in the modern novel emulate reality. This is symbolic of the confusion that one faces when seeking out one’s true identity. The true self is never clear and definite. It is never simple. In Heart of Darkness and in To the Lighthouse, glimpses of the true self can be reached through the forces of nature and work.
"Light out of Darkness: The Search for the True Self in the Novels of Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf,"
Strigidae: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://commons.keene.edu/strigidae/vol1/iss1/7