Virginia Woolf: Simplistic Vs. Innovator
Virginia Woolf is recognized as one of the most adamant novelists’ and greatest innovators of modern fiction. Her expertise with point of view and her use of stream of consciousness have influenced many writers after her. Woolf based her literary traditions and writings on her education and upbringing. Her views of the gender roles in her Victorian childhood and her ideas in contemporary society influenced her writing greatly. Both Woolf’s novels and her autobiographical writings are marked by a complexity of meaning, even a duality, which was most likely influenced by her own experiences. To characterize my own personal writing style, I need to reflect on my education background and how those instances shaped my writing. My upbringing, unlike that of Virginia Woolf, was in a nurturing and secure home where I had room to freely think and grow. Woolf was brought up in a strict Victorian setting with parents who thought strongly about education and punishment. Virginia saw at an early age that if no one obeyed or listened to the authority of their parents, Leslie Stephen and Julia Princep Duckworth, punishment and isolation would ensue (VWSociety ofGB). I, on the other hand, had the freedom to receive a public education. This may have impacted me in a more positive way than Woolf’s upbringing, but there were also negative effects of my education towards my writing. Despite Woolf’s mental illness and her restrictions as a child, she was very productive as a novelist and an essayist and her brilliance in writing with commentary on women and her ability to use stream of consciousness made her a literary figure. I would like to point out that Virginia Woolf was born with a natural talent to convey her thoughts and feeling in writing and she was she was exceptional at creating pieces that had the dynamic of her own self-reflection and fiction (Rose xii). I look up to this sort of writing style; I want to be able to reflect my...
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