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Jane Doe 1 Jane Doe Professor Susan Lowman-Thomas LITR 211 31 January 2016 Virginia Woolf’s Influence on Literature Virginia Woolf was the type of woman that wanted to change the way people looked at literature she became one of the few writers that wanted to combine reality and fiction together. Woolf’s influence to the world of literature has inspired authors of this generation to use her style of writing. Examples of a few are Ian McEwan’s Saturday (2005), Pat Barker’s Life Class (2007), and those are only a few that Woolf has influenced. Woof’s style of writing was something refreshing and new to people it made a modern change to the world of literature, she had a distinct way of writing that stood out among others and one of those distinctions was how she included her personal life in her works. Woolf believed in a greater type of writing that had a dream like sense to it and hidden meanings, “[i]t is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes makes its way to the surface.” (Woolf, Room 31) Woolf had a way of putting herself in her novels; she wanted to include her own personality into her works. In some of her novels she even appeared in them, putting her own personality into some of her characters, Woolf’s writings were critical, sarcastic, and went against what most men did not agree on at the time which was feminism. She had a way of being a spit fire, always a critic of the events that surrounded her which had a lot to do with her childhood. At a young age Woolf knew the different roles of the genders one example being that her father was controlling of her mother. She wrote in one of her novels, To the Lighthouse (1927) were Woolf based Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay on her parents. Woolf took this real life experience and applied it to her novels, “the man she married would be as worthy of her as she of him. They were to be equal partners.”[11] This is when she took part of modernizing
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