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In "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf, what is the main argument, topic or symbolic meaning of her discussion about "What if Shakespeare Had Had a Sister?"  I need to write an argument paper...

In "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf, what is the main argument, topic or symbolic meaning of her discussion about "What if Shakespeare Had Had a Sister?" 

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The question of Shakespeare's imaginary sister, Judith, was raised by Virginia Woolf in her 1929 essay entitled "A Room of One's Own." As a writer herself she was painfully aware of the educational differences between her brothers who were formally educated and herself; educated at home, she felt strongly about the lack of opportunities for women in literature in her own era. Woolf wanted to raise awareness by encouraging discussion about the possibility of a female equivalent to Shakespeare in Shakespeare's day and how much more difficult it would have been then for a female to be recognized, let alone admired. Just as it would be difficult to imagine an existence without the presence of Shakespeare, it is almost equally impossible to imagine what talent was lost, overlooked or unable to develop to its potential simply because it was not the work of a man.  

The main argument of chapter three of A Room of One's Own , where Judith Shakespeare is discussed, centers on the fact that it is...

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