Analysis of the Position of Women in Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own' and Marmon's 'Yellow Woman'

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"A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf is part of a series of significant prose of the British writer dealing with the condition of women in a time, beginning of the 20th century, when the issue of equality between men and women was a taboo issue in the society. The essay, structured into chapters, has a rather interesting and at the same time comprehensive approach on the subject; in order to make it digestible for the reader and her audience, Woolf envisaged a play upon imagination and thus used fictional characters to point out the obstacles that women face in dealing with the signs of inequality in the society and in particular in the artistic and creative world. This play between fiction and reality is a technique that was used in the literary creation especially because of the need to send a message across to the readers while portraying it in a border-like world between imagination and reality. Leslie Marmon's "Yellow Woman" depicts the story of a woman who is mesmerized by Silva, a somewhat mythical character, and after a series of events she decides that this mythical character would remain only in her imagination and no mention of him would be made to her family or the reality of her existence. The text provided by Virginia Woolf points out several key aspects related to her time and the world. One of the most significant moments of the writing in which she states clearly the essence of the struggle of women writing is provided in the line "A woman must have

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