Good writing can gain prominence during a small era of time living its short frame of fame, but real quality, can endure the test of time and remain celebrated through many generations. Virginia Woolf’s work as a writer is a true testament of this, persistent in it as it is still distinguished in its own popularity. Mrs. Woolf writing was revolutionary, from its modern themes that could reflect more of work from the current 21st century instead of the late 19th, as it depicts many themes of feminism, homosexuality, and freethinking that were not as common in her time as it is to ours. All these themes also came into her own personal life from her life struggles and influences that brought her to write, and her unloving marriage that eventually brought an affair and the grapple with mental health she faced throughout her life that eventually conquered. Even with this pain, Virginia still managed to take a fresh interpretation in the writing
field using literary devices and different style of writing that brought criticism to her work from other writers of her time that had a differing view but overall distinguished her as a force to reckon with. Mrs. Woolf’s poems that held the deepest meanings and messages and what brought her the greatest recognition for her attribution to the art of writing. To how she tragically took her own life in desperation from past pain, an unceasing mind and hardships she had yet to overcome, and how her work was beyond her time frame as well the impact it has caused in contemporary times such as present-day issues that she managed to cover in her own time period.
Virginia Woolf, born as Adeline Virginia Stephen, was born on January 25, 1882, in London, England to two high social class parents. She was born into the perfect model Victorian family. Her father Sir Leslie Stephen was an author, historian, and a very important figure in the golden age of mountaineering. Her mother was born in India and was a renowned model who served as subject to be painted for several Pre-Raphaelite painters, along with her being a nurse and a writer of her profession. Both of Virginia’s parents had been married and widowed previously before their own marriage. Woolf had three full siblings Thoby, Vanessa and Adrian. Along with four half-siblings from both hre parents Laura Makepeace Stephen and George, Gerald and Stella Duckworth. The eight children and two parents lived under one roof at Kensington, London. Virginia’s education was very limited at a young age. although some of her brothers had been taught at Cambridge, Woolf and her sisters were homeschooled.
As a young girl, Virginia was adventurous, jolly and social. Still, however, early traumas darkened her childhood, which included being sexually abused by her half-brothers George and Gerald Duckworth as well as at the age of 13 the loss of her mother Julia Stephen.Virginia was just emerging from the moarning of her mother when, in 1897, her half-sister Stella Duckworth died at age 28 leaving Virginia in the state of depression. It was an event Virginia noted in her diary as, “impossible to write off.”- Virginia Woolf. Which brought on Virginia's first mental breakdown. Still, Virginia continued her studies, finishing her four years only for more family members to pass this including her father who passed from stomach cancer and her brother Adrian, eventually her sister and brother sold their home and moved away, while away Virginia met a group of individuals who included economist John Maynard Keynes and essayist Leonard Woolf. After a practical joke, the group had pulled on the English navy the group grew close especially Leonard and Virginia. Both bonded over their experiences and later married on August 10, 1912. Both held a good relationship that stood for the rest of their lives even when things quickly turned sour.
One of Mrs. Woolf's most notable work included Modern fiction that was a piece composed of feedback for scholars amid her time. Woolf was composing an almost weekly piece for the Times Literary Supplement in 1918. Her essay "Modern Novels"later changed in 1925 to what is now known as “Modern Fiction” assaulted the "realists" who expounded on shallow as opposed to profound or "iridescent" encounters. Virginia Woolf disagrees with those Edwardian authors writing in the early years of the twentieth century who, in some ways, may be viewed as relics of the nineteenth-century authenticity delineated over: her three targets, Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, and H. G. Wells, “Mr. Wells, Mr. Bennett, and Mr. Galsworthy have excited so many hopes and disappointed them so persistently...”- Virginia Woolf. Altogether Mrs. Woolf marked these men 'realists' due to their distraction with unsurprising and conceivable plots and their enthusiasm for portraying the outside points of interest – the garments a character wears, the furniture in a room – when what Woolf, as a peruser, truly needs to know is what is happening the leaders of their characters. Be that as it may, we never get this from Arnold Bennett and his 'realist' peers.
Conversely, “The Mark On The Wall” is a short story published in 1919 with her husband Leonard Woolf in their book Two Stories. One of Virginia's pieces that really stood her out as a craftsman as it gave an outside feel as opposed to living through a character, "In certain lights that mark on the wall seems actually to project from the wall. Nor is it entirely circular. I cannot be sure, but it seems to cast a perceptible shadow, suggesting that if I ran my finger down that strip of the wall it would, at a certain point, mount and descend a small tumulus, a smooth tumulus like those barrows on the South Downs which are, they say, either tombs or camps." -Virginia Woolf, “The Mark On The Wall”. Both sonnets fluctuate as one is feedback towards the author of her chance and the other is a story of a lady living through what feeling like a figment. Her different take on what writing should be at the time allowed her to stand away from her other peers.
Though her amazing work was relayed to audiences, Virginia failed to impress the only person she needed to. Herself. She was a marvel as an early feminist, who also had an illicit relationship- and the many deaths she had to live through. Virginia dealt with a many mental illnesses, and finally, her battle with depression overcame her. She admits to these issues in her final letter to her husband. “I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate.”- Virginia Woolf’s Suicide note. Virginia wrote this letter to her husband, as a final saying and telling him what she felt. In this heartbreaking confession to her husband, she entails that voices have begun disrupting her life and causing her so much stress and preventing her from writing. After leaving this letter, Virginia set out and on March 28, 1941, she took her own life by filling her overcoat pockets with rocks and walked into the River Ouse. With her death came the aftermath of her family discovering her suicide note and trying to locate the writer's body, her body was found three weeks late and finally placed to rest.
After her death, many critics began to arise and condemnations of what Virginia stood for, as her writing was beyond the time period she lived. Her free-thinking mindset waved many readers of her time. Still, it took the hearts of many people from a different generation, including women who took to her inspiring words and identify with them. Her work inspired even motion picture films, like Orlando, To The Whitehouse, and Mrs. Dalloway who stars in Game Of Thrones actor Lena Headey and Hollywood classic Vanessa Redgrave. Although Virginia Wool’s popularity decreased after the end of World War II, Woolf's work resonated again with newer generation of readers during the feminist movement of the 1970s. Woolf remains one of the most influential authors in the 21st century. Her work “To the Lighthouse” was named No. 15 by the Modern Library in 1998, on its list of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century. The ‘TIME’ magazine also chose it as one of the best English language novels from 1923 to present 2005. Virginia's life may have come to an end by her own measures while she remains relevant to present day.
Ultimately, Virginia Woolf was a profound mind in the art of writing who caused the interpretation of difference in the art of writing. Virginia's rigorous early life caused her much inspiration for her later writing, as she spoke of sexual assault and the comparison of women being seen as assets to men rather than equals. Virginia best work included a large element of imagery and metaphors through both her famous criticism paper Modern Marvel as well as her short story “The Mark On the Wall”. In “Modern Marvel” called writers of the hypocrites, re-envisioning her position as she was still a woman of the Victorian era yet she spoke her mind that differed the belief of men at her time.
Virginia's themes came as a symbolism for what she was living through. For example, in “The Mark On The Wall”, the narrator is alone throughout most of the tale until a male figure enters the room. This is suspected to be her husband, who comes in and begins an argument with his projected wife, finally stating, “All the same, I don’t see why we should have a snail on our wall.” She would quite often pour her own life into her writing reflecting agony in her life. She suffered through the acceptance of her bisexuality to the war that was threatening to kill her and her beloved husband, which overall brought back past mental disorders. Virginia had at a younger age. Her deteriorating life ran into her life, and sadly her mental state deteriorates causing her to take her own life, still, her writing was not taken up quickly but during the women's suffrage era she became an icon and a celebrated inspiration for women and equality. Virginia Woolf’s writing has survived through the ages and created a large impact on readers through the modern era.