Write a letter to Virginia Woolf telling her how much you like her ideas about writing a kind of fiction completely unconstrained by the rules of the past. Use the last paragraph on page 2151 and over to 2152 as your reference point. 

Dearest Virginia,

I agree with your opinions on the way literature should be written. In your essay, ‘Modern Fiction’, you criticise authors who use a strict, traditional structure in their writing, and you refer to this conventional structure as a “tyrant”. Additionally, you highlight the fact that a writer may feel “constrained” by this tyrant, because it does not allow much freedom in one’s personal expression. You also stress the importance of ‘looking inwards’ in the characters of a short story or a novel, as opposed to focusing on the outward appearance of the characters, which is why I consider this essay to be very fascinating, as you effectively explore the complexities of the human psyche. Furthermore, your utilisation of the stream of consciousness in your novel, ‘Mrs Dalloway’, shows how a writer can give freedom to the characters to travel back and forth in time and also creates verisimilitude.

Whilst reading ‘Modern Fiction’, one of the many profound statements that I found to be very insightful was: “Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end”.

On another note, your protestations for women’s rights in your speech, ‘Professions for Women’, emphasises the importance of feminism, which is admirable.

To conclude, I must say that your literature is highly significant and definitely stands out in the modernist movement for me, as it not only effectively depicts the ‘life within’ but also inspires other writers to do the same. Thank you for expressing your significant thoughts and ideas about humanity in all of your texts.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne

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