The male point of view is criticized in the short story "The Mark on the Wall" by British writer Virginia Woolf in that the woman in the story takes a slight, almost imperceptible, but nevertheless apparent dig at the man’s opinion. This is evident in this line:
“They wanted to leave this house because they wanted to change their style of furniture, so he said,” (emphasis mine)
It seems the woman is challenging his opinion and maybe in her heart does not even trust his opinion or views. Therefore, she is subtly criticizing the male point of view.
The woman then talks about life’s mysteries, and says something that could even be alluding to her previous thought on the man’s opinion, when she says:
“The inaccuracy of thought! The ignorance of humanity!”
It is as if she is still sizzling beneath her skin at the man’s opinion. These words can be taken generally as meaning anyone, or more specifically as meaning the man mentioned in the story, or males in general.
In addition, in this story, Virginia Woolf, through the female character, takes a shot at the male English scribe William Shakespeare. She is pondering ideas and issues and a thought comes to her mind of Shakespeare and she says that, “Well, he will do as well as another.”
She further says that his fiction is not her cup of tea so-to-speak. This is not a ringing endorsement of Shakespeare or his work. In essence, she is criticizing the male point of view here as well.
The female protagonist of this story also says that the male view governs or oversees women’s lives. She is hoping that this norm will soon be abolished so that woman can be free to think and do as they wish without feeling suppressed and dominated by men. Further on in this story the woman even ponders that the activities of some retired gentlemen are trivial when you come right down to it. They are more concerned on their deathbeds, in her opinion, with last thoughts on their past times and hobbies than on their wives and children.
She also states that educated men are descended from witches and hermits. She is not positively acknowledging their contributions to society. Again, she does not have very kind words about men - their views and some of their accomplishments.