sabato 14 agosto 2010

Virginia Woolf : A room of one's own
2nd Chapter
In the second chapter the writer has been assailed by a swarm of questions about the safety and prosperity of one sex and the poverty and insecurity of the other and about what effect poverty and tradition have on fiction. So she decided to visit the library of the British Museum in order to find some answers, consulting the books written by eminent professors about women. Nevertheless she soon discovered that truth was not to be found among the different and contrasting opinions of men who had written essays not in the light of reason and truth but in the light of emotion and partiality. These opinions were indeed so different, Virginia said, that it was impossible to "make a head or tail" of that subject. For instance Napoleon insisted that women were incapable of education while Dr. Johnson thought the opposite, he believed that "women are an overmatch for men and therefore they choose the wickest or the most ignorant. Others thought that women do not have soul on the contrary the ancient Germans believed that they were half divine. At the end of this chapter Virginia Woolf understood that women have been, through the ages, like glasses with the magical power of reflecting the figure of men twice bigger. Men has despised women since it has been the quickest and easiest way to gain self confidence, a quality desperately needed to face the hardness of life. A lot of men insisted upon the inferiority of women for if they were not inferior, men would cease to enlarge, they would loose power and self-assurance.

venerdì 13 agosto 2010

Virginia Woolf :
A room of one's own 1st Chapter

In the first chapter Virginia Woolf tries to explain the purpose of this essay,which is based upon two papers read to the Art Society at Newnham in October 1928. She was asked to talk about women and fiction, a very difficult subject, as a matter of fact the writer first questioned herself upon the real meaning of this commitment wich involves a lot of others themes.The title might have meant simply a few remarks about Jane Austen the Bronte sisters, the Mitfords and some others remarkable female writers, but Virginia Woolf had chosen to explore the subject fully, bearing in mind every point of view. In the opening of the essay she stated that she wanted to handle to the reader a "nugget of pure truth", but at the same time she knew that it would have been impossible for her to draw a conclusion so she ended saying that she could only offer to us the opportunity of drawing our own conclusions as we observe and analyze the facts and the opinion presented by her. It's up to the reader to seek out the truth from her words and decide if it is worth keeping.