Equality And Beliefs In Virginia Woolf's Short Stories

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567 words

Philosophy according to the Encyclopedia Britannica is “the critical examination of the grounds for fundamental beliefs and an analysis of the basic concepts employed in the expression of such beliefs.” (Britannica) With the different values people may have, their beliefs, and their understanding of certain ideas, comes different perspective as well. Some people may not agree with the beliefs of another. Throughout the readings within this summer course I saw different aspects of philosophy present within each text and the arguments and conflicts that arise from such differences. The different forms of philosophical reasoning and beliefs presents within the tales read include theology, ethics, as well as scientific principles. One philosophical theme that I saw present within most of these stories was equality. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the encyclopedia britannica defines philosophy as the critical examination of the grounds for fundamental beliefs and an analysis of basic concepts employed in the expression of such beliefs.
  • Explains that society is divided into various forms of religions, values, and beliefs, which have contributed to both positive and negative events within the community.

For example in the text by Virginia Woolf, she believed in the equality of woman, and how they should be given equal rights similar to men. Her philosophy on this belief contributed greatly to not only the story but as well as the society during that time. Not all agreed with this philosophy that women should be given the right to work in the same jobs as men did or make the same amount of pay, nor did they believe that women could have written amazing literary works such as Shakespeare. This was expressed in her example about Shakespeare having a sister with the same skill and intelligence, but not given the same respect for her works as her brother since she was a female. “It is unthinkable that any woman in Shakespeare’s day should have had Shakespeare’s genius.” (Woolf, 366) Through this text the philosophy of equality not only contributed to the story but greatly influenced the society, particularly women. Because of this text women continued to rally and fight for equal rights even after the newly developed law that allowed them the right to

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