Analysis Of Woolf 's ' Woolf ' Essay

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Virginia Woolf was not only a renowned author, but also an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. Her motivation for writing the provided passages exemplifies her ideals. Woolf has a critical attitude toward women’s subservience to men and believes that women are treated unfairly because society gives more privileges to men than women. Woolf’s passages employ contrasting diction, selection of detail, and syntax, thereby justifying her perspective. In Passage I, Woolf makes use of diction that creates a mood of sophistication, highlights the food in great detail, and utilizes syntactical devices such as parallel structure, anaphora, and long, periodic sentences; these culminate into her opinion that men have an inherent advantage over women. A mood of culture and refinement is created through artful diction when Woolf uses words and phrases such as “retinue of sauces and salads,” “foliated as rosebuds but more succulent,” “wreathed in napkins,” “flushed yellow and flushed crimson,” “we are all going to heaven,” “how sweet its rewards,” “admirable friendship,” and “cushions in the window-seat.” These phrases have positive connotations, suggesting high-class living and a comfortable lifestyle and translating to the easy and carefree lives of men. Furthermore, the author’s selection of specific details, namely, her descriptions of the parts of the meal, exemplify the comfortability of the male experience. Woolf dedicates several, long sentences to these illustrations,…

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