Tuesday, October 23, 2007
HW#22 Irony, Women and Books
There were multiple examples of irony and sarcasm in chapter two, of A Room of One's Own, written by Virginia Woolf. First, "The swing-doors swung open; and there stood under the vast dome, as if one were a thought in a huge bald forehead which is so splendidly encircled by a band of famous names (Woolf 28)." I think this quote demonstrates sarcasm because of the mentioning of the bald forhead and how splendid it is. I think that Woolf really was thinking about how much it isn's splendid and how it is full of useless famous names. A second example of irony is located on page twenty nine and it is presented as follows: " Wise men never say anything else apparently." I think this is an example because men dont only write about women and the ways of women, they just write more than women write about men. It was sarcastic and over embellished. I believe that Woolf was thinking that all she can find in books is men writing about women, so she showed her frustration through sarcasm. Another interesting sarcastic quote was " One would have accepted the fact, as one accepts the fact that a pea is green or a canary yellow (Woolf, 34)." This is sarcastic because it is the truth, men write whatever they want about women but women aren't allowed to write about men at all. A fourth and final quotation that uses a sarcastic tone is "We should still be scratching the outlines of deer on the remains of mutton bones and bartering flints for sheep-skins or whatever simple ornament took our unsophisticated taste (Woolf, 35)." This demenstrates Woolf's hostility towards how women are viewed. She doesnt truely think that women should go back to doing what she stated but she is trying to prove a point. She is trying to say that women are important to, that we do make a difference and without women they world would not be. Chapter two shows many examples of women and how they use sarcasm in what they say to the world.