Virginia Woolf And Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Inequality

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Inequality is defined as “an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people.”(Definition of Inequality, 2016) Inequality comes in many forms, which include gender, race, status, religion, wealth and etc. This paper aims to analyze both the ideas of Virginia Woolf and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and utilize them to understand the origins of inequality through what both authors view as social dependency. Through analyzing both of these authors’ perceptions on inequality, Rousseau seems to provide a more concrete idea of the origins of inequality. First, a brief summary of the writers’ ideas will be provided. In specific, the paper will assess the strengths and weaknesses of each in terms of how they can help us understand inequality in contemporary Egypt and how to combat it. The paper will conclude with a comparison of how each writer’s ideas contribute to the understanding of inequality in the 21st centaury. Throughout A Room of One’s Own, the writer, Virginia Woolf, emphasizes the fact that women are treated unequally in her society which has led to the production, by women, of less prominent works in comparison to men. Woolf explains the difference in success between man and woman in two parts. She first explains that the values of women differ very often from the values of men, and goes on to say that in any case it is the masculine values that prevail and feminine values are devalued. (Woolf, 1929, 74) Masculine values
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