Essay4FINAL_ChristineYuan - Yuan 1 Christine Yuan ENGL 1105.101 The Importance of Money and a Room of Ones Own In A Room of Ones Own Virginia Woolf

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Yuan 1Christine YuanENGL 1105.101The Importance of Money and a Room of One’s OwnMarch 17, 2014In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf stresses the importance of “money and a room of one’s own” in allowing women to be successful writers (107). However, an analysis of Woolf’s speech “Professions of Women” in relation to the final pages of A Room of One’s Ownsuggests that improvement of wealth is merely the first step. A close analysis of Woolf’s “Professions for Women” suggests that even when “the path is nominally open” for female writers, they still struggle with internal obstacles that prevent them from achieving the prominence that men can reach much more easily (62). Furthermore, an analysis of the final pages of A Room of One’s Ownproves that these obstacles lie mainly in the prejudices of men, which infiltrate the thoughts of women, causing them to view themselves through the eyes of men. Woolf proposes that money and a room of one’s own are the only solutions to these internalobstacles. In light of this intangible barrier, the importance of money and a room of one’s own becomes more profound because what they represent surpasses a mere physical solution. Rather, they serve as a way for women to combat the internal struggles that prevent them from reaching success.In A Room of One’s Own, Woolf quotes Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch: “‘The poor poet has not in these days, nor has had for two hundred years, a dog’s chance’” of writing poetry (106). Tosupport this quote, Woolf directly attributes the success of writers to their wealth: "That is it. Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom" (106). Therefore, because “women have always been poor[…]from the beginning of time,” Woolf
2places great stress on the importance of the material solutions of “money and a room of one’s own” as catalysts to women’s success in writing (Woolf, A Room107).However, acquiring money and a room of one’s own solves only half of the problem, thatis, the material poverty of women. The definition of and solution to the problem of “intellectual freedom,” on which poetry depends, remains ambiguous (Woolf, A Room106). A reading of

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