Rhetorical Analysis Of Logos In 'A Room Of One's Own'

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In chapter one, Virginia Woolf uses logos as a literary device to show the relationship between the food someone eats and what they are capable of doing:
“The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Pg. 18)
This quote taken from A Room of One’s Own is an example of logos, since it is a fragment that persuades the audience through a logical thought. It empathizes that humans’ heart, body and brain are all attached in a certain way and that’s why not havening a proper meal affects all the three frames. With an ironic tone, Virginia Woolf achieves to prove how is it possible for society to except grand things from women, when they are living in poor conditions. The specific event of the narrator visiting both men’s and women’s university and comparing the different food she received, she was able to show disadvantage women had.
This use of logos shows the nonconformity Woolf has with the treatment women receive at the university and the food they are being served, as the plain gravy soup which was a transparent liquid with nothing to stir. This quote transmits the reader a feeling of disadvantage and injustice against women and contributes to the larger idea of women and fiction.
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