Analysis Of A Room Of One's Own By Virginia Woolf
She poses these questions to her audience, “Why did men drink wine and women water? Why was one sex so prosperous and the other so poor? What effect has poverty on fiction?” Woolf states that society establishes the woman’s role within the family is to be a homemaker, and the man’s being the breadwinner. Therefore, the duties of raising children belong to the woman and the money essentially belongs to their husbands. This allowed men the privilege of experiencing sites outside the home, such as engaging in drinks and conversations with other men outside of the home. Men were allowed to “think of things in themselves”. However, a woman’s “job” is 24/7 allowing very little free time to herself to focus on her thoughts or mingle with the outside world. Women were “enslaved” to men. Woolf claims that even if a woman did not have a husband and family to take care of, her hands would be busy working to support herself, and not writing, largely due to the fact that men were afforded more opportunities to have a better education than women. In chapter six, she argues that “Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor,….Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry. Woolf notes that it is a chain reaction for men when she writes in chapter four “Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for. It might still be well …show more content…
Judith is equally talented like her famous brother William, her talents go unrecognized by society and their families. Most likely, Judith is secretive about her talent because in her heart she knows she cannot pursue her dream of writing because society has already delegated how she will live her life. At society’s expectations, Judith becomes engaged at a fairly young age against her will; however, she is beaten into submission by her father because. Eventually, Judith commits suicide. Woolf’s argument is that despite two people being equally talented, Judith and William, only one has a chance of becoming successful at writing, the one with the male gender parts. Woolf writes, “It would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.” Woolf is claiming that the circumstances that surround what is expected of men and women in society is the reason there are fewer great women authors in history.
Again, society restricts a woman’s space to that of within her main living area of her home where she can be found cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the kids. She has to be available at all times in case she is needed by one of them. Woolf claims it is unlikely that a woman would have a space of her own to write, unlike men,