The Contrast Of Virginia Woolf And Alice Walker

1214 words - 5 pages

The Contrast of Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker

After reading the four essays assigned to this sequence, it
becomes interesting to contrast two author's points of view
on the same subject. Reading one professional writer's
rewriting of a portion of another professional writer's essay
brings out many of each of their characteristics and views.
Also, the difference in writing styles could be drastic, or
slight. Nevertheless, the writers display how versatile the
English language can be.

Alice Walker was born in 1944 as a farm girl in Georgia.
Virginia Woolf was born in London in1882. They have both
come to be highly recognized writers of their time, and they
both have rather large portfolios of work. The scenes the
might have grown up seeing and living through may have
greatly influenced their views of subjects which they both
seem to write about. In her essay "In Search of Our
Mothers' Gardens," Alice Walker speaks first about the
untouchable faith of the black women of the
post-Reconstruction South. She speaks highly of the faith
and undying hope of these women and their families. She
even comes to recognize them as saints as she describes
their faith as "so intense, deep, unconscious, the they
themselves were unaware of the richness they held" (Walker
694).

In a passage in which she speaks about the treatment and
social status of the women of the sixteenth century, Woolf
explains that a woman who might have had a truly great gift
in this time "would have surely gone crazy, shot herself, or
ended up in some lonely cottage on the outside of town, half
witch, half wizard, feared and mocked" (Woolf 749). Her
use of some of these powerful nominative shows that she
feels strongly about what she is writing. Also for her, life
growing up and stories she may have heard may have
influenced this passage greatly. In her passage she imagines
what it may have been like had William Shakespeare had a
sister. She notices how difficult it would be even given the
same talents as Shakespeare himself, to follow throughout
and utilize them in her life.

It is clear after reading further into Woolf's passage that
obviously she lived in a different time period, only about fifty
years apart though. The way she relates and tells a very
similar story with an entirely different setting shows without
the reader even knowing that she was born in London as
opposed to Walker who was born in the United States. This
is evident in her vocabulary alone. Words such as the verb
"agog" or nouns like "stew" or "stockings" are not as
culturally accepted and used here in the United States. This
plays a key role in the way they use contexts to tell stories
and get the morals across. Walker, being born a farm girl in
Georgia, uses the context of the racial deep South, and its
affects on the lives of black women. Woolf, who was born in
London, uses the context of William Shakespeare most
likely because he is a native legend all...

Find Another Essay On The Contrast of Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker

The Intersection of External Time and Internal Time in Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

3259 words - 13 pages In Mrs Dalloway, the modernist writer Virginia Woolf undermines the usual conventions of prior prose fiction by adopting an innovative approach to time. She contrasts the objective external time and subjective internal time that structure the plot of the one-day novel. In fact, the story takes place on a single day in June and, by the use of two important techniques, namely the stream of consciousness mode of narration

Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Feminism Essay

1061 words - 4 pages Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), a prominent English writer and feminist, was considered one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable modernist novelists. The well-known works of Virginia Woolf are often closely related to the development of feminist reproach. With that being said, she was a rather distinguished writer in relation to the modernist movement as well. Virginia Woolf certainly restructured the novel, experimenting with her flow of

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

1079 words - 4 pages Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Power Struggles are very common is many marriages. In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, by Edward Albee, the relationship or marriage between George and Martha is based in power. The power struggle between George and Martha has become the basis of their relationship. Their love has turned into hate. The only connection they have is through their insults and the series of games they play. The power struggle

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

908 words - 4 pages 1) a) 'George: We all peel labels; sweetie; … you get through the skin, all three layers, through the muscle, slosh aside the organs… and get down to bone.'What, in your view, is the significance of this remark for the action of the play as a whole?In the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, all of the characters struggle with their own invisible demons. George, Martha, Honey and Nick all live in a perfect, intact bubble of self

The Death of the Moth by Virginia Woolf

758 words - 3 pages ‘The Death of the Moth” by Virginia Woolf      Death is a difficult subject for anyone to speak of, although it is a part of everyday life. In Virginia Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth”, she writes about a moth flying about a windowpane, its world constrained by the boundaries of the wood holding the glass. The moth flew, first from one side, to the other, and then back as the rest of life continued ignorant of its movements. At first

The Set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

875 words - 4 pages The Set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?         For a play as drastically depressing and oppressive as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the set needs to augment the mood as much as possible. Albee’s play calls for several props, and all of these have to be provided, but more than that, the set needs to look as real as possible, to show that these people are not vastly different from the rest of us. And because in that fact the true

The Death of the Moth, by Virginia Woolf

834 words - 3 pages The battle against death, while can be portrayed as magnificent, is ultimately pathetic and insignificant. Like a boulder tipping precariously off a cliff, one can exhibit the ardent desire to survive, yet against the fragility and impermanence of life, this desire is a pitiful effort in the face of impending failure. The hopelessness of such a situation is depicted in “The Death of the Moth” by Virginia Woolf, in which the moth incessantly

Everyday Use, comparing and contrasting the short story of Alice Walker, to the short movie.

1118 words - 4 pages scene reconstruction was taking out the house being burnt down and replacing the time cut with a longer and in-depth dinner scene. During the interview with Alice Walker, it was shown that the director shot the house being burnt down, but decided to leave it out. Only two reasons could come to one's mind, either he had a time limit on the film, and decided that the dinner scene was more important as it added vital information to each of the

The Themes and Narration Techniques of Everyday Use by Alice Walker

1016 words - 4 pages The Themes and Narration Techniques of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker "Everyday Use," by Alice Walker, was first published in 1973. The story opens as Maggie and her mother, a black farm woman, await a visit from Maggie's older sister, Dee, and a man who may be her husband--her mother is not sure whether they are actually married. Dee, who was always scornful of her family's way of life, has gone to college and now seems almost as

Therapeutic Writing: A Comparison of Alice Walker and Her Characters

1087 words - 4 pages , when she tries to claim quilts that were promised Maggie, Mama turns her down. Even though, the storyline is quite simple, the personality of each person makes it far more complex. Mama illustrates the fears of what Walker feels is her future. Dee embodies the ambition and curious nature from her young adult life. Maggie symbolizes the meek and innocent stage of her life. All of the three women combined represent the trials of Alice Walker. Mama

Censorship of The Color Purple by Alice Walker

1698 words - 7 pages In 1983 Alice Walker made history when she became the first female, African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The National Book Award for her novel, The Color Purple (Alice Walker Biography). The book, The Color Purple, also happened to be ranked number 17 on the American Library Association’s 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990-1999 list (American Library Association) The novel is frequently challenged because

Similar Essays

Society, Class, And Conflict The Social Criticism Of Virginia Woolf

1939 words - 8 pages Virginia Woolf offers interesting analysis of social pressure and social class in Mrs. Dalloway and The Years. Understanding Woolf’s message about society demands a certain amount of sensitivity and decoding on behalf of her reader. Her social criticism in both texts can be easily overlooked because she keeps it subtle and implicit, hidden in the patterns and courses of her characters’ trains of thoughts. Yet upon such close reading, the

Psychiatric Evaluation And Diagnosis Of Virginia Woolf

1015 words - 4 pages I have chosen to write about Virginia Woolf, a British novelist who wrote A Room of One’s Own, To the Lighthouse and Orlando, to name a few of her pieces of work. Virginia Woolf was my first introduction to feminist type books. I chose Woolf because she is a fantastic writer and one of my favorites as well. Her unique style of writing, which came to be known as stream-of-consciousness, was influenced by the symptoms she experienced through her

The Sociological Criticism Of Alice Walker

1786 words - 7 pages . Furthermore, her stories mirror a lot of the social characteristic that were taking place in America, from the 1940’s on; thus, making Alice Walker the epitome of sociological criticisms. According to the bibliography portion of “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, Alice was born in Georgia and attended Spellman College before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her first work was a book of poetry that was published while she

Autobiography In The Fiction Of Alice Walker

1161 words - 5 pages When reading Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and “Everyday Use,” it is evident that she writes about her life through her use of allegory. Alice Walker uses the events of her childhood, her observation of the patriarchy in African American culture, and her rebellion against the society she lived in to recount her life through her stories. Alice Walker grew up in a loving household in the years towards the end of the Great Depression. Although