Virginia Woolf: Assertive or Introspective? Virginia Woolf begins her memoir Moments of Being with a conscious attempt to write for her readers. While writing her life story, however, she begins to turn inwards and she becomes enmeshed in her writing. By focusing on her thoughts surrounding the incidents in her life instead of the incidents themselves, she unconsciously loses sight of her outward perspective and writes for herself. Her memoir becomes a loose series of declarations of her beliefs connected only by her wandering train of thought.
Atwood, taking a different approach, directly addresses the conventions of storytelling in her own story. Plot, character development, setting, and form are all addressed within “Happy Endings.” And by creating multiple versions each with their own ending, Atwood encourages readers to interact and assign meaning to the stories both separately and when strung together. Not only does "Happy Endings" create a story about fiction writing, it also makes that story interactive, which draws more attention to itself as a criticism of traditional fiction. Both "Happy Endings" and Foe provide commentary on gender issues in modern fiction writing. In "Happy Endings", Margaret Atwood’s attack on gender stereotypes reveals itself in the form of character interactions.
She told of her journey on how she found her words for that particular speech. The burden and responsibility she felt from being asked to represent all women, their role in history and finally to their evolvement into writing fiction was amusing to me, yet a bit long winded. My essay imitating her was almost as long winded, but thankfully it too ended with a prof... ... middle of paper ... ... the utmost greatest gift of words, but lacks the ability to communicate them on its own. Therefore, it searches out, and then enters into different people at different times to use them as its muse in order to satisfy its unending desire to tell its tales. We who write are its tool and we become enamored, and feel its frustration, then sympathize to then be possessed by its desire.
Throughout the novel, Plath has a unique literary style, and a style of writing. Figurative language is portrayed to create vividness in the novel. As the characters condition worsens Plath matches the tone and mood to give it feeling. The Bell Jar is also a reflection of her personal experiences. Sylvia Plath is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which is a semiautobiographical fiction novel, portrays a unique style of writing.
Within... ... middle of paper ... ...self, but yet also strengthens her argument. Woolf’s experience with mental illness may have led to this distinct style, as she saw writing as a way to express and explore her mania depression. [Talk more about style?] Mary’s journey begins on her visit to “Oxbridge,” where she Woolf is said to give her lecture on “Women and Fiction.” Woolf then provides the reader and Mary with her thesis: a women must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction (1). At this point, Mary is sitting at the edge of a pond at “Oxbridge,” a fictional university meant to suggest a combination of the names Oxford and Cambridge, two major British Universities.
It is the unifying generalization about life stated or implied by the story. The theme of a story supports a view of life or reveals some insight into life. Another element of literature is the narrative voice and is told in what is called the point of view, it is who tells the story and how it gets told. These two parts of literature along with the setting are very important parts of fiction. Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson and Alice Walkers Everyday Use are two stories of fiction, that both share elements and differ in many ways.
Virginia Woolf's words are not just the tools for her writing but the words themselves are constructing and de-constructing a main plot of the novel. And I think to look the gap between the words and the character's representations who is using the words is the one of the ways to read this novel. Especially, in this novel, she uses words and actions for showing and erasing the gap between the absence and the presence which is prevalent in this novel. Between th... ... middle of paper ... ... Newman, Fashioning Femininity & English Renaissance Drama , from the footnote of chapter 6,(Chicago, Chicago University Press) I think the concept of heteroglossia is the good word for this book. The characters voice is not only dispersed, but the dispersed voice is making the novel.
Internal time is one of the new characteristics that Woolf introduces in her novel. In other words, she describes a subjective reality through the stream of consciousness. By this new mode of narration, Woolf gives to the reader the impression of entering the consciousness of the characters. It describes the unorganised flow of thoughts, sensations, and memories that is the time in the mind (or internal time). Characters' memories introduce the element of time.
The entire content is relevant to the time frame it was written, expressing ideas of the forthcoming feminist movement and creating an awareness of what was happening to the women of the early nineteenth century. When "The Awakening" was first published, its popularity wasn't that of modern day. In fact, it was widely rejected for years. Within the context, it is considered a very liberal book from the beginning of the nineteenth century. The ideas expressed within the content concern the women's movement and an individual woman searching for who she really is.
Storytelling’s impact on people who use it has been life saving in certain cases. By asserting the existence of different perspectives, writers get to suppress their own opinions in order to sympathize with others. (insert thing about meta-fiction) With this idea in mind, author Kate Taylor wrote the novel Serial Monogamy, a meta-fiction of a writer recalling the story of her husband’s affair and her deal with terminal breast cancer, all through her telling of Dickens’ secret life and tales of the Arabian Nights. In Serial Monogamy, storytelling makes people more understanding as they explore new perspectives. Sharon, through her telling of Nelly’s story, gets to understand the mistress’ perspective.