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The Theme of Social Inequality in A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Social inequality occurs when certain resources such as wealth, privileges, and social justice from societies are distributed unevenly affecting more people than we realize. Frederick Douglass and Virginia Woolf are two very influential writers who suffered from these inequalities and used their talent in literacy to relay...
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Religion and Paganism in America in the Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Facing Cold Hard Reality of Things Religion is ubiquitous, but the paganistic views America takes of it is not the panacea they need in order to recover from their post-WWII slump. In his play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Albee states that it is paganism itself that is causing America’s delusion, and declares that the...
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The Fundamental Flaws in Familial Relations in American Society in Edward Albee's Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf, an Article by Yakup Yasar
Yakup Yasar’s “Edward Albee’s Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” claims that Albee uses his play to highlight the fundamental flaws in American society and, more specifically, in its familial relations.. Despite wins in both World Wars, America is just as negatively affected as those who lost, floundering and losing itself i...
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Gender Inequality and the Situation of Women in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own
A Looking Glass for Women For a long time, women have always been in an unfortunate
circumstance of being disadvantaged. In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
explores the history of women, specifically in the literary tradition, in
which they are deprived of the basic necessities required to write fiction.
Along wit...
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The Moth as a Symbol of Life in The Death of the Moth by Virginia Woolf and The Moth and the Star by James Thurber
Our existence is an intricate battle in discovering what the concept of life means to us individually.  We come across the idea of life in people, plants, and animals.  In Virginia Woolf's nonfiction essay The Death of the Moth and James Thurber's fiction essay The Moth and the Star, the authors analyze the behavior of moth...
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Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star: Summary and Analysis
Mrs. Dalloway and The Hour of the Star: Summary and Analysis Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, written in 1925, is set in 1920’s London, England, just after the First World War,. This novel depicts a day in the life of high-class socialite Clarissa Dalloway, who is planning to have a party, and ends with the giving...
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The Obsession of Marriage in To the Lighthouse, a Novel by Virginia Woolf
We also see much more of the Ramsay’s marriage here. Sometimes they seem very close, as if they understand each other perfectly and suit each other to a T; sometimes they seem as if they are living on different planets and have nothing at all in common. What is Woolf’s purpose in painting such a contradictory portrait here?...
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The Importance of Relationship Between the Genders in To the Lighthouse, a Novel by Virginia Woolf
The relationship between the genders is a major focal point in this first chunk of the book, beginning with Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay’s very different ways of engaging with James about the trip to the lighthouse and concluding with the very odd description of their “encounter” on pages 37-40. What is Woolf trying to say about wha...
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The Internal Obstacles of the Female Writers in Chapter 3 of A Room of One's Own, a Book by Virginia Woolf
In Chapter 3, Woolf takes up the question of why have there not been many great female writers, starting with the Elizabethan age. What are the external obstacles that stand in the way of a woman who might want to write? What are the internal obstacles? How are these two sets of obstacles related? In the previous chapter...
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The Mistreatment of Women in College Because of Gender in A Room of One's Own, a Book by Virginia Woolf
Most of these two chapters is about the many ways in which women are kept out (of power, of education, of the British Museum, etc…), but there is also a subtle argument being made about whether or not women should really want to get in. Is Woolf arguing that women should be able to to all the things that men can do? Or is...
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The Experiences of Women Trying to Be Successful in the World in A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse, Two Books by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s books are great examples of showing what women go through when trying to be successful in the world, especially aspiring female role models. In A Room of One’s Own she discusses a typical Victorian woman’s relationship with the men around her and how she is so often interrupted, leaving her unable to think...
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Water as an Instrument of Death in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and The Hours by Michael Cunningham and the Film The Hours by Stephen Daldry
Deadly Waters Water is an important part of life, as one can only survive a maximum of two weeks without it. Virginia Woolf contradicts the vital quality of water by using it to symbolize death. My essay concerns the meaning of water as an instrument of death in the novels Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and The Hours by...
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The Theme of Flowers in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Language of Flowers: Providing a Voice for the Voiceless In Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, flowers tell the reader many things about Clarissa. She uses flowers as pawns in her artificial game of life. Clarissa gives flowers human features and develops human attachments to them because she has difficulty und...
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An Analysis of Women's Contemporary Problems in Virginia Woolf's Works
In the style of Virginia Woolf herself, I shall begin by breaking down this prompt. When asked to view the contemporary problems of women today in relation to Woolf “outlin[ing] the disadvantages for women in being taken seriously as artists and intellectuals,” I must begin by outlining some of the disadvantages of women to...
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The Characters of Septimus and Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Septimus is no longer the romantic poet who went into combat but the beaten soldier who escaped it. In all of the earth’s divine purposelessness, the hours drive on above all else. Septimus comes to term with his loss of grip on reality while Clarissa to her growing age. Though both characters are, in the social hierarchy,...
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Repressed Sexuality in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway and repressed sexuality Throughout Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf  different expressions of sexuality are explored. Mrs. Dalloway herself embodies this struggle because as a women in her early fifties she has begun to lose sight of her sexuality. She feels like a “nun withdrawing , or a child exploring a tow...
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A Creative Response to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own
This essay is a creative response to Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”. In this piece of writing I aimed to recreate certain aspects of Woolf’s writing as well as bringing up some of the ideas she discusses in her book. I am incomparable to Woolf and so at times my essay may seem fragmented or not to the point. The lon...
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A Comparison of the Plays Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Six Degrees of Separation v. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The two plays being compared are Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. Both plays hold very different stories within, but both deal with the same basic theme at their core. Excepting the differences in the t...
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A Guide to Reading the Book Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
One of the more difficult books to come from the early 20th century Modernist movement was Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. With its winding passages, multiple perspectives, and difficult to follow narrative, this is no book one can eat with soup and tea at the table. So with that in mind, let’s look at some ways one can ma...
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The Mundane Becomes the Fascination: Reaction Paper to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
The Mundane Becomes the Fascination Reaction Paper to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway Where modernism extends its reach, there is in the medium effected a change so profound, often it is unrecognizable save for the most basic components, and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is an example of the results of modernism when it...
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The Similarities and Differences in the Separate Essays of the Same Title, The Death of a Moth by Virginia Woolf and Annie Dillard
Death of a Moth Sometimes essays about very small, seemingly insignificant topics can be profound. Examples of this include Virginia Woolf’s and Annie Dillard’s separate essays both entitled The Death of a Moth, not surprisingly each detailing the life and death of a moth. While both essays involve a moth, Dillard’s a...
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Questions About the Self in Virginia Woolf's Street Haunting
Street Haunting I believe the most important line for Virginia Woolf to be "Let us
dally a little longer, be content still with surfaces only". This, after
all, seems to be the point of her whole essay. It's not really about her
quest to buy a pencil, as she may try to suggest, but about taking in the
little details w...
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Class Structure in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dolloway
Mrs. Dalloway Essay 5/23/13 Mrs. Dalloway and Class Virginia Woolf lived during a revolutionary time in Great Britain. World War I had just ended, the feminist movement was beginning to surface, and the class system that England had held so dearly was beginning to be questioned. Woolf’s book, Mrs. Dalloway, deals wit...
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Virginia Woolf Failed to Predict That Both Men and Women Would Face the Same Obstacles That Would Impede Their Progress
How would you feel if you lived back in the early 20th century. Back in those days, women were not seen as equal to men. Many people believed that women should stay in the house and they still had to do everything their husband told them to do. Men were very condescending towards the women in that time period. Virginia Wool...
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Virginia Woolf's Argument Against Patriarchy in the Narrative The Mark on the Wall
A FIXED POINT IN UNGROUNDED IDEOLOGY Children do not come into the world free from expectations of the society into which they are born. For instance, Indian parents living in southern Africa expect their next generation of males to take over the family businesses. Societies, specifically Western societies, have different...
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