The “Angel in the House” example was referred to in numerous occasions in “Professions for Women”. The Angel was “charming”, “sympathetic” and “sympathetic” all qualities of a stereotypical woman in the Victorian era. Woolf’s diction implied dislike towards the Angel, stating “it was she who bothered me and wasted my time and so tormented me that at last I killed her”. Yet through extensive criticism, Woolf still referred to the Angel as “pure” and spoke of her good characteristics. The Angel in the House was a good thing and a bad thing. Good because all of her qualities were quite positive and seemed like a nice person, but bad because inadvertently, all these caring characteristics were holding women back from becoming their own individual. Instead of being an independent thinker, the Angel depended on men to support her and did not hesitate to serve them. The Angel would torment Woolf, telling her “Never let anybody guess you have a mind of your own” and because of the Angel’s messages; Woolf was forced to metaphorically “kill” the Angel to be able to think for herself. The Angel encompassed everything Woolf wanted to avoid; a naïve, oblivious woman who was undermined by her masculine... [continues]
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