As a result, females were unable to have their writings to be successful under their name in the world of literature, while men have long been the ones who had their literature taken seriously. It was an obstacle for women to get recognition: “the publicity in women is detestable. Anonymity runs in their blood” (Woolf 367). This demonstrates that it was likely that many works written by women are either published under a man’s name or anonymously in order to have their work read and acknowledged. This displays that despite having the gift for literature, women struggled to find their writings to be given the praises they deserve.
Women's Position in Society in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own The passage at the end of the Third Chapter in A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf deals with two major themes of this essay. The first being the ways in which women were kept down and made inferior to men, and the second being how this affected women’s writing. Woolf asserts that women were made inferior as a direct result of men’s perceived superiority. This assertment provides a new way of thinking about women’s lower position in society and the subsequent low opinion men held of women and their capabilties as writers. Woolf firmly believes that it is the prerogative of all writers to pay great heed to what is thought of them and to suffer when that opinion is negative.
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For instance, John Donne’s poems, “Song: Go and catch a falling star” and “The Apparition” both illustrate love as a bad idea to attain; in fact, he forces the reader to understand why love is a bad idea because in “Song”, love is not unattainable because women are not honest or beautiful. For “The Apparition”, the narrator is enraged how his lover, a woman, hurt him and now he is scorned about the decision of her to reject his love. Overall, both poems address different audiences and that their respective speakers make different arguments to those audiences; with these differences in mind, Donne constructs gender dynamics between femininity and masculinity. Using literary techniques, style, diction, and tone in those two poems, he helps his audience understand the views of these two specific poems to buttress his notion that love should not be desired and if you are trying to claim love, then you are going to accept pain as well. For Donne’s first poem, “Song: Go and catch a falling star”, his narrator illustrates how love does not exist because women are not honest or beautiful to give us this ... ... middle of paper ... ...attempting to call men as “passionate lovers” while women are the “rationale lovers”.
The speaker’s view does come across as misogynistic, but the woman is trying to stand her ground in a society dominated by men. Taking into consideration that a male wrote the poem, during the 18th century, when woman had a particular place in society, and men often trivialized their concerns. Pope alludes to the idea that most wars are indeed over very trivial matters. The conflicts between men and women are exposed during Pope’s exploration of this “trivial war.” The narrative of Belinda and the Baron in The Rape of the Lock reveals the main underlying theme as the power struggle between the genders. Pope exposes through Belinda, how women use their feminine nature as weapons against men.
And, the only way to illustrate reality to the public is to reduce women to most simple yet repulsive bodily functions that equalize both men and women. As society places more prominence on idealized love, Swift criticizes these false idealizations and exposes the truth to the public through his poetic satire. According to Swift, eighteenth century love is more of an infatuation with women and beauty as both tend to obsess over first impressions of appearances. As proved by Strephon invading Celia’s room, Jonathan Swift only further emphasizes that love is not solely based upon physical appearances because even looks, most especially, can be deceiving.
Jonathan Swift allows a reader to think critically about particular social problems that are discussed in his satiric work, “The Lady’s Dressing Room”. Strephon discovers his lover, Celia’s dressing room and to his dismay finds out that women are not as cleanly and neat as he had thought. The artificiality of beauty and beauty as a whole are major themes in the work. Just as Swift transforms excreta into a lovely, witty poem, Celia is making beauty out of her body that is viewed as naturally disgusting. Jonathan Swift portrays women as purely artificial because Strephon sees that they hide their disgusting features, such as the fact that they too excrete their bowels, and put on a completely different act for society.
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