A Room of One's Own | Study Guide

Virginia Woolf

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Sources: Biography.com, The British Library, New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Virginia Woolf, Chapter 1 woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Prunes & Custard A meager meal that represents the poverty of women compared with men Ten-Shilling Note Coming from an inheritance, represents financial freedom Light Symbolizes the genius needed to illuminate truth Context Overview Motifs Main Ideas Themes Symbols A writer must hold life up to the light to separate truth from illusion. Essential Oil of Truth Money gives a woman freedom to give voice to her genius. Money Means Freedom The patriarchal system is harmful to both women and men. Destructive Patriarchy Genius is a fire that wants to grow but needs fuel. Fire of Genius Main Ideas An English author and feminist, Woolf is known for novels driven by the interior lives of women. She published her fourth novel, the acclaimed Mrs. Dalloway, in 1925. In 1928 she gave lectures on women and fiction at two women’s colleges; these lectures became the basis of A Room of One’s Own. VIRGINIA WOOLF1882–1941 Author Tackling the topic of women and fiction, Woolf crafts an argument that is part personal experience and part thought experiment. She calls on truth about the relationship among gender, genius, and financial independence. Her claim: a woman writer must have money and a room of her own. The Poverty of Women OVERVIEW Writers are too conscious of their gender, which is a detriment to their writing. Chapters 5 & 6 An imaginary woman sheds light on why gifted women don’t become great writers. Chapters 3 & 4 The essay asks why women are poor and why men write so many books about women. Chapters 1 & 2 English Original Language 1929 Year Published Virginia Woolf Author A Room of One’s Own Argument Essay

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