A Room Of One 's Own By Virginia Woolf

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A Room of One’s Own
In the novel, “A Room of One’s Own”, the author Virginia Woolf uses stories of interruptions which occur during a short period in a Mary’s life. The narrative tactic of interrupting this lady’s thought processes was used to explain a point about the nature of truth as well as to support the overarching argument that a woman needs a room of her own. The ability of women to write depends on their perceptions, but the barriers and blockades in the world prevent a woman from writing the truths that are found through introspection. A woman’s situation or condition can vastly change her works and her ability to write. As the author states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction;” (pg. 4)
Women often come across barriers in the effort to write. Although they may have profound thoughts and ideas like their male counterparts, these ideas are prevented from reaching completion. In the novel, Mary comes upon a little fish, an idea that is forming, as she faces the river. The little fish of an idea, however, was promptly thrown back into the river by the interruption of the Beadle. “Instantly a man’s figure rose to intercept me… His face expressed horror and indignation. Instinct rather than reason came to my help; he was a Beadle; I was a woman. This was the turf; there was the path. Only the Fellows and Scholars are allowed here; the gravel is the place for me.” (Woolf 6). Women were not allowed on the turf because they were not
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