Analysis Of Virginia Woolf 's Orlando Essay

945 Words Mar 30th, 2015 4 Pages
It’s common for readers and critics of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography to immediately categorize her novel as a loose interpretation of a biography. In fact, analyzers and historians have proved the connections between her novel’s characters, as well as, its events. , The parallelism even stated in the title as a biography.
However, it is worth arguing that writing a holiday biography was neither Woolf’s first nor only intention. A thorough analysis presents a theme of sexual ambiguity to satirize the popular Western “superiority.” Looking past the obvious parallels between Woolf’s reality and Orlando’s reality, and the supposition of Orlando being a biography, the reader can see that the main character actually functions as a means for Woolf to satirize the standard idea of Western superiority.
Since the dawn of time Western society, namely the United Kingdom, has colonized and controlled most of the world’s population and land. They backed their rights for control through a belief called Manifest Destiny. This belief allowed them to colonize and control any land they deemed uncivilized or in need of Western influence. They felt that it was their burden to help the “savages,” as they called them, and shine upon them the Western’s light of superiority. A quote from Harold Nicholson, a British colonialist, provides an insight into the minds of these Westerners. He claims that the colonists were “improving the civilizations which they colonized by bringing them…

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