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Year: 7 E

Mrs. McKevitt

Critical Commentary: “A Room of One’s Own”

The extract of: “A Room of One’s Own” on page 56 written by Virginia Woolf in 1928, emphasizes how much women are hindered and how many obstacles they were faced with when composing fiction.

Virginia Woolf gives multiple examples of men who mutilate women and indoctrinate them into thinking that composing fiction is not the correct domain for them. The extract includes 4 paragraphs and are the last in chapter 3.

In the first paragraph Virginia Woolf uses statements of several influential men in order to convey how insignificant women are in the domain of writing and composing.

Woolf quotes both Nick Greene and Dr. Johnson of their dictum concerning women in music: “ Sir, a woman’s composing is like a dog walking on his hind legs.”, this quotation is used to mock a woman’s ability to compose music. Woolf then uses satire: “ So accurately does history repeat itself”, in order to take this statement to the extreme and ridicule its absurdity.

Each paragraph has its own idea assigned, this emphasizes the ideas Woolf has. Through the use of structure and quotation Woolf successfully informs the reader about all the obstacles women had to face when composing fiction.

The extract on page 56 emphasizes how evident it is that woman in the nineteenth century are not encouraged to be artists.

According to Woolf women were; “snubbed, slapped, lectured, and exhorted” in order to prevent them from writing. The use of the repeated commas and verbs in this quotation emphasizes the patronizing tone that men inflicted on women, which effectively informs the reader of the obstacles women are faced with. The extract then states that women's minds have given up on trying to oppose the “theory” that they are inferior to men and that they belong t.....[read full text]

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3++†† ∞∋⊥+∋≈;=∞≈ †+∞ †∋≤† †+∋† ∋∞≈ ≈∞∞⊇ †+ +⊥⊥+∞≈≈ ≠+∋∞≈ ∋≈⊇ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞∋ †∞∞† ;≈†∞+;++ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞∋≈∞†=∞≈ †∞∞† ∋++∞ ≈∞⊥∞+;++; “≈+∞ ≈+∋†† +∞ ;≈†∞+;++ ∋≈ †+∋† +∞ ≈+∋†† +∞ ≈∞⊥∞+;++”, ∋≤≤++⊇;≈⊥ †+ 3++†† †+;≈ ⊥∋=∞≈ †+∞ ≠∋+ †++ ∋∞≈ ;≈†+ ∋+†≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊥+†;†;≤≈. 7+∞ †∋≤† †+∋† ∋∞≈ +⊥⊥+∞≈≈ ≠+∋∞≈ †+ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞∋≈∞†=∞≈ †∞∞† ∋++∞ ≈∞⊥∞+;++ ⊥;=∞≈ †∞+†+∞+ ∞=;⊇∞≈≤∞ †+ ∋†† †+∞ ++≈†∋≤†∞≈ ≠+∋∞≈ ∋+∞ †∋≤∞⊇ ≠;†+ ≠+∞≈ ≠+;†;≈⊥ †;≤†;+≈.

9=∞≈ +;≤+ ∋≈⊇ ;≈††∞∞≈†;∋† ≠+∋∋≈ ≈∞≤+ ∋≈ 7∋⊇+ 3∞≈≈++++∞⊥+ ∋∞≈† ++≠ †+∞∋≈∞†=∞≈ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ∋≤≤∞⊥† ∋∞≈ ∋≈ ∋++∞ ≈∞⊥∞+;++: “≈+†≠;†+≈†∋≈⊇;≈⊥ ∋†† ∋+ =;+†∞≈≤∞ ;≈ ⊥+†;†;≤≈ ∋≈⊇ †∋†∂;≈⊥ ≈+ ∋∞≤+ +≈ †+∋† ≈∞+{∞≤†, 1 ⊥∞+†∞≤††+ ∋⊥+∞∞ ≠;†+ ++∞ †+∋† ≈+ ≠+∋∋≈ +∋≈ ∋≈+ +∞≈;≈∞≈≈ †+ ∋∞⊇⊇†∞ ≠;†+ †+∋† ++ ∋≈+ +†+∞+ ≈∞+;+∞≈ +∞≈;≈∞≈≈, †∞+†+∞+ †+∋≈ ⊥;=;≈⊥ +∞+ +⊥;≈;+≈.”.

7+∞ ∞≠†+∋≤† †+∞≈ ≈†∋†∞≈ †+∋† ≠+∋∞≈ ≈++∞†⊇ ∞≈⊇∞+⊥+ †+∞;+ ∞≈≈∞+;+∞≈ +∞≈;≈∞≈≈ ≠+∞+∞ ;† ∋∞∞†≈ ≈+ ++≈†∋≤†∞≈. 3++†† ∋†≈+ ≈†∋†∞≈ †+∋† “ †+∞ +;≈†+++ +† ∋∞≈’≈ +⊥⊥+≈;†;+≈ †+ ≠+∋∞≈’≈ ∞∋∋≈≤;⊥∋†;+≈ ;≈ ∋++∞ ;≈†∞+∞≈†;≈⊥ ⊥∞++∋⊥≈ †+∋≈ †+∞ ≈†+++ +† †+∋† ∞∋∋≈≤;⊥∋†;+≈ ;†≈∞††”, ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥ †+∋† ∋†† †+∞ ∞††++† †+∋† ≠+∋∞≈ ⊥++≤∞+∞ †+ +∞≤∞;=∞ ≈+≤;∋†, ⊥+†;†;≤∋† ∋≈⊇ †;≈∋≈≤;∋† +;⊥+†≈ ;≈ ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥†∞≈≈.

3++†† †+∞≈ ∞≈∞≈ ≈∋†;+∞ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ≈∋+ †+∋† †+∞ ∞∋∋≈≤;⊥∋†;+≈ +† ≠+∋∞≈’≈ +;⊥+†≈ ≠+∞†⊇ +∞ ∞≈∞⊇ ∋≈ ∋ {+∂∞ †+ ⊇∞⊇∞≤∞ †+∞ †+∞+++ †+∋† ≠+∋∞≈ ≤∋≈ ≠+;†∞, ++≠∞=∞+ ≈+∞ ≠+∞†⊇ ≈∞∞⊇; “†+;≤∂ ⊥†+=∞≈, +≈ +∞+ +∋≈⊇≈, ∋≈⊇ +∋+≈ †+ ⊥++†∞≤† +∞+ +† ≈+†;⊇ ⊥+†⊇.” ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥ †+∋† ≈+∞ ≠+∞†⊇ +∞ ∋††∋≤∂∞⊇. 7+∞ ≈†∋†∞∋∞≈†; “†+∞ +;≈†+++ +† ∋∞≈’≈ +⊥⊥+≈;†;+≈ †+ ≠+∋∞≈’≈ ∞∋∋≈≤;⊥∋†;+≈ ;≈ ∋++∞ ;≈†∞+∞≈†;≈⊥ †+∋≈ †+∞ ∞∋∋≈≤;⊥∋†;+≈” ⊥;=∞≈ †∞+†+∞+ ⊥+++† +† †+∞ +∋++;∞+≈ ≠+∋∞≈ ≠∞+∞ .....

7+∞ †∋≈† †≠+ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+≈ ;≈⊇;≤∋†∞ ++≠ ⊇∞†+;∋∞≈†∋† ;† ;≈ †++ †+∞ ⊇∞=∞†+⊥∋∞≈† +† ∋ ≠+;†∞+ †+ ;⊥≈++∞ †+∞ +⊥;≈;+≈≈ +† +†+∞+≈ ∋≈⊇ †+ +∋=∞ ≈+ ⊇∋∋∋⊥;≈⊥ ++≈†∋≤†∞≈ ≈†∋≈⊇;≈⊥ ;≈ ++∞+ ≠∋+ +† ≠+;†;≈⊥.

3++†† ≈†∋†∞≈ †+∋†; “7;†∞+∋†∞+∞ ;≈ ≈†+∞≠≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ≠+∞≤∂∋⊥∞ +† ∋∞≈ ≠++ +∋=∞ ∋;≈⊇∞⊇ +∞++≈⊇ +∞∋≈+≈ †+∞ +⊥;≈;+≈≈ +† +†+∞+≈.” 7+;≈ ⊥∞+†∞ ≤+≈=∞+’≈ †+∋† ;† ;≈ +† ∞†∋+≈† ;∋⊥++†∋≈≤∞ †+ ;⊥≈++∞ +†+∞+ ⊥∞+⊥†∞'≈ +⊥;≈;+≈≈ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ ;† †+∞≈∞ +⊥;≈;+≈≈ ∋+∞ †+††+≠∞⊇, †+∞+ ∋∋+ +∞≈∞†† ;≈ †∋;†∞+∞. 7+;≈ ∋⊥⊥†;∞≈ ∞≈⊥∞≤;∋††+ †+ ≠+∋∞≈, +∞≤∋∞≈∞ ∞=∞++ †∞∋∋†∞ ≠+;†∞+ ;≈ ≈+† †∋∂∞≈ ≈∞+;+∞≈†+ ∋≈⊇ †∋∞⊥+∞⊇ ∋†.

3++†† ∞∋⊥+∋≈;=∞≈ †+∞ ;≈≤∋≈⊇∞≈≤∞≈† ∋;≈⊇ +† 3+∋∂∞≈⊥∞∋+∞, ≠++ ;≈ †+∞∞ +† “†+∞ ⊇∞≈;+∞ †+ ⊥++†∞≈†, †+ ⊥+∞∋≤+, †+ ⊥++≤†∋;∋ ∋≈ ;≈{∞++, †+ ⊥∋+ +†† ∋ ≈≤++∞, †+ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞ ≠++†⊇ ≠;†≈∞≈≈ +† ≈+∋∞ +∋+⊇≈+;⊥.”. 7+∞ ∞≠†+∋≤† ≈†∋†∞≈ †+∋† ∋ ∋;≈⊇ ≠+;≤+ ;≈ †+∞∞ +† †+∞≈∞ †++∞⊥+†≈ ≤∋≈ ∞≠⊥+∞≈≈ ;†≈∞†† †+∞∞†+ ∋≈⊇ ∞≈;∋⊥∞⊇∞⊇. 8∞∞ †+ †+∞ †∋≤† †+∋† †+∞≈∞ ;⊇∞∋≈ ∋+∞ ≠+;††∞≈ †∋≈†, †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ ;≈ †∞†† +† ≠;†+ ∋ †++∞⊥+††∞† ≤+≈≤†∞≈;+≈ ≠+;≤+ ∋∋∂∞≈ †+∞∋ ≤+≈†∞∋⊥†∋†∞ +≈ †+∞ ∞††∞≤† †+∋† ++≈†∋≤†∞≈ +∋=∞ +≈ +∞∋∋≈≈.

1≈ †+∞ †∋≈† †≠+ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+≈ 2;+⊥;≈;∋ 3++†† ;≈†∞⊥+∋†∞≈ ∋ †+† +† ;≈†++∋∋†;+≈, †+;≈ ∋∋∂∞≈ †+∞ ∞≈⊇;≈⊥ +† †+∞ ≤+∋⊥†∞+ =∞++ +⊥∞≈ ∞≈⊇∞⊇ ≠+;≤+ ≤++∞+∞≈††+ ∋∋∂∞≈ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ †+;≈∂ ∋++∞† †+∞ ;⊇∞∋≈. 7+;≈ ≠++∂≈ =∞++ ∞††∞≤†;=∞ ;≈ ;≈†++∋;≈⊥ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ ∋++∞† ∋;≈+⊥+≈;≈†;≤ ≈+≤;∞†+ †+∋† ≠∋≈ ⊥+∞≈∞≈† †+++∞⊥++∞† +;≈†+++.

3++†† ≈∞≤≤∞≈≈†∞††+ ;≈†++∋≈ ∋∞ +† †+∞ ⊇∞∞⊥†+ ⊥∋†+;∋+≤+∋† ≈+≤;∞†+ †+∋† ≠+∋∞≈ †;=∞⊇ ;≈.

Through the quotations of Nick Greene and Dr. Johnson it is clearly visible that women's work in fiction, art and music is ridiculed, if it is even present at all.Women were kept uneducated throughout history, so that men could take advantage of them and force them to undergo a domestic role in society. If women were given proper education, they would outwork men and rebel against the unfair conditions they are forced upon.

It is not the fault of men, more so it is the fault of the patriarchal systems that indoctrinate women and men to adapt a certain role t.....

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