Essay on Virginia Woolf 's A Room Of One 's Own And Three Guineas
To what extent does this perspective align with your understanding of A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas?
It is the unconventional structure of Virginia Woolf’s essays, A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas, which allows for a greater understanding of gender relations, as it highlights the immense disparity between men and women. Through the didactic nature of the essays, Woolf aims to persuade women of the importance of freedom and independence from the patriarchal society that dominated England throughout the early 20th century in improving the equality amongst the genders. Such a purpose has universal significance as, despite recent progress, gender inequity is still a perennially relevant issue, particularly in the areas of the importance of wealth and the institutionalised sexism within daily life/education.
In A Room of One’s Own, Woolf explores the importance of wealth acting as the catalyst for change in the relations between men and woman. In the context of Virginia Woolf, a woman could not attain independence and freedom unless she had a “room of her own and 500 a year”. Woolf, through the use of repetition, aims to persuade her audience into action, indicating that the only way for gender equity to be achieved is if woman gain possession of material things. This is conveyed through Woolf’s passionate proclamation, “My aunt’s legacy unveiled the sky to…