Summary Of Virginia Woolf And Frederick Douglass

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Virginia Woolf and Frederick Douglass were both limited to oppertunties At the time, a room of one’s own was written, women did not have the same equal opportunity as men. She sees that society is in favor of men. Throughout Woof’s writing, she develops an argument on the difference of how society viewed women and viewed men. She begins by establishing the differences in education. She demonstrations that women did not have equal opportunity as men by telling a story that she made up about William Shakespeare sister. Woolf questioned if Shakespeare had a sister Judith with the same talent as him, would she be able to show her work like he did? Clearly, she would not be given the same opportunity. She stated, “This may be true or it may be false—who can say?—but what is true in it, so it seemed to me, reviewing the story of Shakespeare’s sister as I had made it, is that any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village…” (woolf 366). meaning that if women at the time has that kind of talent like hers they would be silenced because to want that kind of work would be impossible and would end in catastrophic for a female. Therefore, Woof argues that society suffered an immeasurable loss, because society did not allow women to create their own expressions. Judith’s voice would have been lost because society wouldn’t allow her to use it. Consequently, no one

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