Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Throughout history, female artists have not been strangers to harsh criticism regarding their artistic works. Some female artists are fortunate to even receive such criticism; many have not achieved success in sharing their works with the world. In Virgina Woolf’s third chapter of her essay “A Room of One’s Own,” Woolf addresses the plight of the woman writer, specifically during the Elizabethan time period of England. Woolf helps the reader appreciate her view on how stifling and difficult this time period was for women and how what little creativity emerged would have been distorted in some way. Through a number of claims, examples and other literary techniques, Woolf is able to present her argument in a structured, coherent and persuasive manner, which is compelling in drawing in the reader.

Woolf uses the first person narrative in her essay to provide a “personal” feeling to evoke feelings of sympathy and deep reflection about the treatment of these women, like Woolf is speaking directly to the reader. At the begin...

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... makes the reader aware of the history surrounding the issue. Through Woolf’s use of claims and supporting evidence, the reader takes on Woolf’s view, understanding how serious of a situation this in fact is. It makes one question what exactly happened to those women authors. This is what an effective text accomplishes, raises pertinent questions by providing examples, even though it may not have concrete answers, it sparks the creative mind of the reader.

Works Cited

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1957.

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