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Goodman 1Courtney GoodmanJoshua CohenMyth of Masculinity Paper #1Examine the proposition “that clothes make the man” (clothes may be takenliterally, figuratively, or both). I recommend that you examine a passage onthe subject from Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando.In Virginia Woolf’s Novel, Orlando, Woolf explores many themes that revolve around the concept of gender. In Orlando, the themes of gender differences, societal conformation, and cross-dressing are reoccurring and thought provoking. Virginia Woolf forces readers to question the constructs that are strong and present in the society we live in; she makes us question what exactly is a man, what is a woman, and how and in what ways do the two differ from each other. Woolf is able to blur the binary of gender that we are forced into, and illuminates many limitations of the binary and gender. In exploring these themes and questions, in the context of this novel, the proposition that states that “clothes make the man” sheds light on many gender nuances.
Goodman 2Woolf’s novel begins with a young boy, Orlando. This boy, for nearly a third of the novel is attractive, wealthy, and is wanted by (and chases) women. However, in a miraculous way, one day Orlando wakes up in the body of a woman. He reacts to this change by simply stating “Just a different sex, nothing else changed.” Not too soon after, Orlando find that in some