Analysis Of Two Cafeterias By Virginia Woolf

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Over the past near one hundred years society has made leaps and bounds in how men and women are perceived in society. Even though women’s place in society has improved dramatically over the course of time, there is still the underlying factor that men are superior over women. It has been this way since the day the colonist of Jamestown landed in the New World. Men were supposed to do all of the hunting. Men were supposed to make all of the decisions. Men were in charge of the government. Women were supposed to tend to the home. Women were supposed to tend to the children. Women were supposed to be obedient servants that did whatever their husbands told them to do. Men and women were not equal on any levels. Virginia Woolf, in the except entitled “Two Cafeterias” uses something as simplistic as food served in a university dining hall to depict how society sees men and women in the year 1929 (Only 10 years after the 19th amendment was created). Men. Men with their soles “sunk in a deep dish”, their potatoes “foliated as rosebuds”, their dessert “wreathed in napkins”, their food placed in front of them as soon as the previous food’s “retinue” had been finished. There was “no need to hurry…no need to be anybody but oneself”. They could just kick back in the “cushioned window seat” smoking on a “good cigarette” talking to the rest “of one’s kind about “how good life seemed”. Their only care in the world was making sure their glasses which “flushed yellow and…crimson” were
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