A Room Of One 's Own

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A Room of One’s Own is an essay written by writer Virginia Woolf in 1929. The essay follows a persona Woolf creates, Mary, in her thought process to conclude that in order to write fiction, a woman needs money and a room of ones own, both of which women did not have at the time. A Room of One’s Own is a very detailed piece and requires several readings from different angles to draw out all sorts of information. Throughout this essay, I hope to examine a few of those viewpoints and explore the possible meanings of the title ‘A Room of One’s Own’. The first and obvious viewpoint I shall look at is that ‘A Room of One’s Own’ links to Woolf’s conclusion about women and fiction that she tells the reader at the beginning of the essay. She says ‘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 true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved.’ (Woolf, 1929, p.29) In light of this statement, the title could be interpreted as Woolf calling for women 's equality with men. At the time she wrote this, men would’ve had their own room or study to retreat to, where as women did not. The suggestion of equality is throughout the essay, but is not called for directly. Instead what Woolf does is state the inequality and then moves on, leaving the reader to contemplate and question why women have it so different. An example of this
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