Summary Of Shakespeare's Sister Virginia Woolf

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“Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body?” Virginia Woolf, one of the most talented female writers in history, questioned the society, in which women had no say to their future and had nowhere to display their talents. In her article, Shakespeare’s sister, Virginia Woolf addresses this problem and manipulates her audiences, especially upper classes’ males, to pay full attention on gender inequality issues she discusses by using well-developed conceit, allusions to historical evidence and female figures, and appeals to audiences’ pathos to establish her authority and extend the gender issue to a deeper level. Conceits in Woolf’s article help her establish her authority and provide…show more content…
The conceits prove her ability to write effectively and surprisingly, and the definitions of both science and fiction foreshadow the latter part of the article where she talks about the different positions of women in fiction and reality. Another example of conceit establishes her authority and emphasizes the point she makes about the nature of the difference between science and fiction. “It was certainly an odd monster,” she writes, “one made up by reading the historians first and the poets afterwards – a worm winged like an eagle; the spirit of life and beauty in a kitchen chopping up suet.” Woolf extends her argument by contrasting the depictions of women in in history and literature. In history, she implies, women are “worms”, and in poetry, women can be “winged like an eagle”. This can be explained by Woolf’s theory of the difference between science and literature. Historical depiction of women is real, solid, and unchangeable…show more content…
These rhetorical devices help her manipulates her audiences to pay full attention to what she is discussing, extend the depth of how people think about such issues, and help her establish her authority as a talented female writer. Therefore, the use of rhetorical devices makes an affective article while it also help authors convey ideas more clearly and make the whole article smoothly
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