Term Paper: Virginia Wolff

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Virginia Wolff

Virginia Woolf's a Room of One's Own is written as a feminist manifesto which advocates primarily that women writers should have what she calls a room of their own and a sufficient income, so as to be able to write fiction. The essay is in fact metaphorical, and tells the story of women's writing throughout the history. The room that the author talks about describes in the first place, the practical need that conditions a woman's writing: she can not be creative unless she has enough privacy and quietness for her intellectual work. Beyond this practical need, the room is a symbol for the feminine world in general, for the space that the women and their writing should have in society. The right to have a room of one's own is the women's right to have a place in the history of literature, that they can call their own. The fact that the room would have to separate women from their given social roles, as mothers or wives, is also significant as it points to the importance of delimiting the women as an independent gender, like that of the men.

Kate Chopin's short fiction, the Story of an Hour, corroborates Virginia Woolf's ideas about feminism. The very short text tells the story of Mrs. Mallard who finds out suddenly that there has been a terrible railroad accident and that her husband is on the list of the victims. Her first… [END OF PREVIEW]

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