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...nes and gender expectations which has her feeling trapped and limited. By bringing up this issue of personal space, the idea of a room, Dove is alluding to Virginia Woolf argument regarding the participation of women in society outside of the private domestic sphere. Her protagonist is depicted as being so helpless that she does not even have a voice to express her own grievances, unable to speak up and express her misery. Her character was diminished to "nothing, pure nothing" (Dove 25-26) only being able to imagine and "think of a place that's hers." (Dove 24 ).
As authors both Douglass and Dove show that they have considerable influence over the meaning behind their work and how it may be interpreted. By choosing whether or not to incorporate authority within the speaker, both these texts display either liberation or oppression through their narratives.
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