In A Room of One's Own, what techniques does Virginia Woolf employ in posing her arguments?

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One of the key strategies that Woolf uses to help her arguments in this text is the habit she has of addressing her readers as "you" and anticipating their thoughts and reactions to what she says. This is evident from the very beginning of Chapter One in this text, as she says:

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?

 

Woolf deliberately strikes up a style that is conversational and at the same time crucial to her argument and way of trying to persuade her audience of the truth of what she says. Woolf, by involving her audience with her argument and anticipating their thoughts shows that she is not presenting herself as some erudite individual and that she is addressing people who have their own thoughts and opinions. For a book that carries a message of equality, the addressing of the audience clearly demonstrates the way that she is not trying to create any distance between herself and her readership. The use of the pronoun "you" to present her arguments greatly helps in this respect.

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