How does Woolf's writing style and form effect her representation of women in A Room of One's Own?

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This is a text that is above all else a cogent argument for equality. As such, it is very interesting to see how Woolf's style and form impacts her argument. What is notable about her writing style is the way that she addresses her readers directly as "you," as her audience was there before her, as she was having a kind of conversation with them while reading her essays at women's colleges. As we look further at what she writes we see at various stages that she anticipates objections to the central claims of her essay:

But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction--what has that got to do with a room of one's own?

The way in which Woolf strikes a conversational tone and her style indicates a certain amount of give-and-take in what she argues is key to her argument for equality and her representation of women as being equal to men. Woolf as the writer does not arrogantly assume she knows more than her audience and she does not place herself on a pedestal of knowledge above her readers, stating clearly that she is superior to them by virtue of her arguments. Throughout the text, she acknowledges other points of view that her audience might have which indicates she recognises she is not the only person who has thoughts about equality. Such stylistic features therefore help reinforce the central theme of equality for women, as throughout we are reminded that we, just like Woolf, have our own ideas, and they are valued and important.

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