Comparing Feminist Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison

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Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison

Virginia Woolf; a quiet feminist, one who was abused by her brothers, a woman who wrote books to coop with stress, and used her writings to voice her feministic views. Toni Morrison; a quiet feminist, came from a rough background, wrote books about feminism to voice her opinion, and all in all, dealt with many restrictions and hardships because she was a black, female writer. Even though Woolf and Morrison come from very different backgrounds, they shared some of the same experiences and hardships in their writing lives.

Chloe Anthony Wofford, better known as Toni Morrison, was born February 18th 1931. She was the second of four children of George Wofford, a shipyard welder and Ramah Willis Wofford. Her parents moved to Ohio to find better opportunities and to escape the racist attitudes that had plagued blacks in the South. At home, she heard many songs and tales of Southern black folklore.

Toni was brought up to be proud of her heritage and rich historical background. She grew up in Lorain Ohio, a small industrial town populated with immigrant Europeans, Mexicans and Southern blacks coexisting among one another. She attended an integrated school and in first grade, she was the only black student in the class and the only one who could read. She was friends with many of her white schoolmates and did not encounter discrimination until she grew older.

Morrison was an excellent student and she graduated with honors from Lorain High School in 1949. Chloe then went on to attend the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in English with a minor in classics. Since many people couldn't pronounce her first name correctly, she changed it to Toni, a shortened version of her middle name. She joined a...