Virginia Woolf's Intellectual Call to Arms for Women Rhetorical Analysis

536 Words3 Pages
Lambert John Aslarona 2nd Period November 6, 2014 Virginia Woolf's Intellectual Call to Arms for Women “How far can she fight for freedom without firearms?” “Virginia Woolf's Intellectual Call for Women” was a narrative essay written by Virginia Woolf during a war between Englishmen and Germans. Woolf wrote this essay to send a message to the people that women should also have the rights to have firearms for the war. Not only to fight with the men, but also to defend themselves from the enemies. Throughout the introduction of her piece, Woolf focuses in building her style on writing the essay. Woolf used many rhetorical strategies to establish an effective essay. Like the used of descriptive writing, pathos, rhetorical questions, and putting the thoughts of other people that had the same experience equivalent to hers. She used descriptive type of writing to make the readers visualize the things that happened at that time. Like the quotation, “A bomb drops. All the windows rattle. The anti-aircraft guns are getting active.” Descriptive type of writing was used to help her audience perceive about the events that occurred during the war. Pathos was also used in her writing to deliver the emotions of her essay to the audience. Here are some examples of pathos from her piece. From the fourth paragraph of her essay, it said: “What is that prevent us? “Hitler!” the loud speakers cry with one voice. Who is Hitler? What is he? Aggressiveness, tyranny, the insane love of power made manifest, they reply. Destroy that and you will be free.” In this quotation, she is trying to interpret the emotions of other people during that time. The use of pathos in her writing really helped the readers to established a connection between her and the reader's emotion through this essay. Rhetorical questions played a huge role in her piece. Woolf included a lot of rhetorical
Open Document