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The Women's Anxiety Towards Their Authorship Virginia Woolf's "A Room Of One's Own" And "Professions Of Women"

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In the "Infection in the Sentence", the author states, "locked into structures created by and for men, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers did not so much rebel against the prevailing aesthetic as feel guilty about their inability to conform to it" (pg. 75). The women during these times were oppressed by male domination. They were expected to be reserved, obedient and well-mannered, hence which resulted in women's anxiety towards authorship. Virginia Woolf frequently used the theme of gender inequality in her writings. This can particularly be seen in her work, "A Room of One's Own" and "Professions for Women".In Woolf's "A Room of One's Own", she depicts the struggle of women in the English society. She states that because these women are oppressed by male domination, hence the work that they produce is seen to be unimpressive that male writer's. Woolf invents Judith, an imaginary sister of William Shakespeare. She uses this identity of Judith in order to portray the difference in treatment of male and female writers during this time.Judith was as talented as her brother, "she was as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was. But she was not sent to school. She had no chance of learning grammar and logic, let alone of reading Horace and Virgil" (pg. 1342). Her talent which was equal as her brother's is ignored and discouraged by her family as well as from society. Although she was loved she was seen as just a woman,She picked up a book now and then, one of her brother's perhaps, and read a few pages. But then her parents came in and told her to mend the stockings or mind the stew and not moon about with books and papers. They would have spoken sharply but kindly, for they were substantial people who knew the conditions of life for a woman and loved their daughter (pg. 1342).Judith writes in secret and is ashamed of it. "Perhaps she scribbled some pages up in an apple lofty on the sly, but was careful to hide them or set fire to them" (pg. 1342).As any typical woman during this time, she is engaged at a young age to a wood stapler. She insists she doesn't want to marry, however her father beats her and later she commits suicide. Inventing a persona like Judith, Woolf depicts how a woman just as talented as William Shakespeare is ignored. A woman can never achieve such success just for the sole reason that she is a woman. Just as Judith writes in secret and even burned them in order to not get caught by her family, the women during this time had a lot of anxiety towards their works. As the author states in the "Infection in the Sentence",Conditioned to doubt their own authority anyways, women writers who wanted to describe what in Dickinson's phrase, is 'not brayed of tongue' would fine it easier to doubt themselves than the censorious voices of society the evasions and concealments of their art are therefore far more elaborate than those of most male writers. For, given the patriarchal biases of...

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