Analysis Of The Voyage Out By Virginia Woolf

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Though Charlotte Bronte achieved both, breaking the rules and simultaneously following them, Virginia Woolf decided to transform her novel into a solid statement. The novel the Voyage Out is constructed upon the views and personal opinions of each character that appears throughout the narrative. There might be various explanations to why Virginia Woolf decided to narrate Rachel’s story in this specific way, one of them being that the author is trying to emphasize the options a young woman had in her life in the 20th century. Given the fact that Woolf decided to implement the love story of Susan and her fiancée is an implication that their story is a contrast from the one of Rachel’s love. Throughout the novel, the reader does not have the ability to relate to Rachel’s story emotionally, due to the way this novel is constructed. The fact that the author is taking away this ability of emotional response corresponds to the idea behind this novel. Virginia Woolf does not want her reader to relate to her characters, because even a small amount of sympathy will gain the story a different meaning. Throughout the narrative, the reader anticipates various characters, however through Susan and Evelyn, Virginia Woolf emphasizes Rachel’s options in life. “…Selfhood is indissolubly linked to a woman’s social roles as wife, mother, sister and nurturer” (Noome 146). Through Susan, the author hints what Rachel’s life will be if she gets married, which is absolutely unacceptable, because

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