Women in Fiction: A Room of One's Own by Virginia Wolfe

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Megan Lovell
Professor Singh
English 254-004
March 11, 2010
“Women in Fiction”
“A Room of One’s Own,” is an essay before its time Virginia Wolfe takes a unique approach when choosing to write her essay in the form of a fictitious novel. Wolfe wishes to bring attention and attempt to explain the injustice and prejudices women have faced in fiction. Through her essay the reader receives a unique glimpse into the mind of the author while she attempted to fight for equality for women in fiction. She states, “Lock up you r libraries if you like; but there is not gate, no lock, not bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind” (Wolfe, 231). Using literary techniques such as diction, imagery, language and creativity she shows that there is no lock or limit that can be placed on the scope of the human mind; whether that mind is male or female.

From the minute one begins reading this essay they become entranced with the eloquence of the diction Wolfe uses to convey her convictions about women in fiction. Wolfe states, “All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see leaves the great problem of the nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved. I have shirked the duty of coming to a conclusion upon these two questions—women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems” (Wolfe 231). It is as though she feels this is a war, one that she has the obligation to fight and resolve. Wolfe has the ability to give her words a powerful presence, when reading you don’t just read her words you feel how she once felt. Equality for women has been an issue throughout history, not only in the areas concerning voting, but the workforce, in the home, as well as in fiction. Wolfe simply hopes to use her essay to eliminate the injustice put upon women whom simply wish to write and be equally recognized with men as writers. She...
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