Virginia Woolf Essay

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Virginia Woolf feels that men and women have a significantly different place in society. Woolf portrays her theory by describing two means, one at a men’s college, and once at a women’s college. Woolf is able to show the difference in men’s and women’s places in society by placing these tow meals together into her essays. Woolf exposes women’s subordination in society through the use of diction, syntax, and contrast in her two essays. Woolf uses very elaborate details in her essay describing the meal at the men’s college. Woolf’s syntax and diction illustrate how much she really enjoyed the meal. The food was made with “the whitest cream.” She says that the “partridges…came with all their retinue of sauces and salads.” She feels that the meal is fit for nobility. She describes how the “wineglasses…had been emptied; had been filled.” The men were all served their wine. Woolf felt “no need to hurry” while eating the meal. The meal was prepared so well that occurrences not relating to the meal now seemed to be healed. Woolf felt very differently about the meal at the women’s college. Woolf’s language becomes much more informal and boring when describing the meal at the women’s college. Contrasting to the meal at the men’s college, the meal at the women’s college is much more boring and bland. Woolf says “here was the soup. It was a plain gravy soup.” The sentences become much shorter and all of the sophisticated wording had disappeared. She believes that the women’s college is much poorer than the men’s college because they have to use “bargaining” and “cheapening” vegetables. Contrasting to the meal at the men’s college, the women were not served wine. There was simply a water pitcher passed around the table for everyone to serve themselves. The women seem inferior to men because they are not served the way the men are. “Soon the hall was emptied” after the meal

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