The New Dress Discussion Questions

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Many of Woolf's works highlight gender and class oppression. Research the decade of the 1920s in English history to discover why these were pertinent themes for Woolf and her contemporaries.

Woolf has become a cultural icon for feminists across the world. Read her essay A Room of One's Own and explore the extent to which her ideas are useful for feminists today.

After some preliminary research into Sigmund Freud's theories of various mental conditions, offer a partial "diagnosis" of what might be troubling Mabel Waring and how she might best approach attaining good mental health.

Mabel Waring suffers from feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness, and personal failure. Identify a work of fiction — a short story, novel, play, or poem— in which a man feels inadequate, unworthy, or incapable of performing as he thinks he should. Some suggestions: "The Beast in the Jungle," by Henry James...

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