Have you ever wondered if there could possibly be overwhelming obstacles in the way of someone being truly successful in life? Some may witness friends or loved ones not developing to their fullest potential in their profession because of these unobtainable obstacles holding them back. In “Professions for Women,” by Virginia Woolf, Woolf gives a speech to a group of women explaining why they must overcome certain things in order to be successful in their future professional careers. In speaking to this group of determined young women, Woolf explains how horrendous it may be to have your own thoughts or beliefs while living in a society said to be dominated by males. She explains that discrimination in gender tends to tell society that their future is set and stone no matter if they are male or female because those are just the guidelines of life. Woolf gives various examples in her life of how this discrimination has an enormous effect on the capability of women to have their own thoughts, opinions, and to see with their own perspective. Woolf’s argument that women must overcome certain obstacles, “angels,” or phantoms, is effective through her use of the rhetorical triangle, her elaborate diction, and the rhetorical situation.
Woolf uses the rhetorical triangle in an effective way to argue for her reasoning that women must overcome obstacles in order to be successful. Throughout her essay she uses various appeals to ethos and pathos in order to make her argument as effective as possible. During her speech she refers to “Angels in the House” being the phantoms or angels, as she prefers to call them, hindering her effectiveness in her writing of literature. Woo...
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...ia Woolf is extremely effective in her argument for women to overcome the fear of speaking out and having their own mind in a “male dominated” society. It is crucial for this to happen in order for women to have success in whatever future profession they plan to partake in. A woman should never feel as if they can’t be their own person, because individuality is a true privilege and every human being should be their own individual. . Sure, sometimes it is good to be sympathetic and to have mercy on people, or men in particular, in certain situations; but there is a line that has to be drawn and being a sweet woman should not stop a girl from being her own person and forming her own ideas and opinions. The author’s argument could possibly be more effective by using the “Angels in the House,” metaphor to relate to other professions for women besides just for an author.
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