Explain the importance of the fictional character of Judith Shakespeare in A Room of One's Own.

The fictional character of Judith Shakespeare in A Room of One's Own is important because provides a glimpse into how talented women have all too often been held back by a patriarchal society. Though a clever girl, possessed with all the gifts of her famous brother, Judith is unable to make it as a writer because of systemic barriers in society that make it nigh impossible for women to succeed.

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In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf uses the fictional character of Judith Shakespeare, the famous playwright's equally talented sister, to illustrate her point about the way in which the patriarchy holds back talented women, preventing them from developing their creativity and being successful.

Judith is a very clever girl, with all the gifts of her brother. Yet, from an early age, she has been actively prevented from pursuing a career as a writer by her family, who are steeped in society's unthinking prejudice towards women and girls when it comes to...

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