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Virginia Woolf: A Genius Victim of Madness
Transcript of Virginia Woolf: A Genius Victim of Madness
Her Early Years:
Born on January 25th, 1882 in the town of Kensington, Woolf had a normal childhood until she turned six, when she was sexually abused by two of her half brothers, with this incident traumatizing her. The death of her mother at the age of 49 spurred further her breakdown, and though she would later write great literary pieces despite her breakdowns, they would eventually take her life.
The Start of Her Literary Career
Despite her trauma, Virginia Woolf became a writer, and published her first novel, "The Voyage Out", in 1915, though the original title was "Melymbrosia". From then on, she began writing other stories, with common themes of feminism and madness. Later on, she would meet Leonard Woolf, whom she would marry in 1912.
The Mark on the Wall
"The Mark on the Wall" is considered to be one of Woolf's most prominent works, for it implements the technique "Stream of Consciousness", where many things happen instantaneously, with a plethora of imagery to appeal to the emotional state of the character, as well as their senses. The story itself is about someone staring at a mark on a wall. This mark is a parallel to people questioning the meaning of life, for the character questions everything about the mark, from how it got there, etc. When they discover what it is at the end (snail), it reveals that most people find out the meaning of life at the end of their days.
Her Later Years
After her marriage, Woolf wrote many literary works, and became involved with politics. However, in the years before WWII, the Nazi Party came into power, and her husband was in danger, for he was Jewish. Their house was destroyed during the Blitz, and she was beginning to lose her voice in politics, the hysteria she became consumed in was deadly. In 1941, she put stones in her pockets, and walked into a river and drowned herself.
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