Analysis Of Professions For Women By Virginia Woolf

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Born in 1882 Virginia Woolf is a noted novelist and essayist, prominent for her nonlinear prose style and feminist writings. Her essay “Professions for Women” designed as a speech to be given at the Women’s Service League in 1931, informs her audience of the powerful internal dispute she and other women face in an attempt to live their everyday lives as women living in a masculine controlled society, especially within the careers they desire. Woolf adopted an urgent and motherly tone in order to reach her female audience in 1931 during her speech and in response her audience gathered. As a result of her distinct and emotional writing in Professions for Women, Woolf created an effective piece, still relevant today.

The first two sections
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In the first section language parallels are already being explored like, “It is true I am a women; it is true I am employed;…” (376). Woolf flatters the use of language parallels as they continue to spew in the rest of her essay and thankfully they work stressing the importance of the message Woolf is meaning to vindicate as they give her written and spoken voice a smooth flow of rhythm and balance as well as persuade the audience through repetition.

In the second section of her essay Woolf begins to inarguate her image, or make use of the rhetorical technique of ethos. Woolf speaks in a pleased tone when she says, “But to tell you my story- it is a simple one. You have only got to figure to yourselves a girl in her bedroom with a pen in her hand. She had only to
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She says, “The image that comes to mind when I think of this girl is the image of a fishermen lying sunk in dreams on the verge of a deep lake with a rod held out over water. She was letting her imagination sweep unchecked round every rock and cranny of the world that lies submerged in the depths of our unconscious being” (379). Woolf was implying like fishermen, writers must sit and wait patiently, writers wait until the perfect idea comes along, and fishermen until the perfect fish come along. The use of metaphors in her essay give her audience the opportunity to think creatively of what they are being told as well as employ life-like comparisons to the ideas being expressed by the writer or