As depicted by Virginia Woolf, Lily Briscoe tends to think that marriage and personal creativity are irreconcilable – “For at any rate, [Lily] said to herself […] she need not marry, thank Heaven: she need not undergo that degradation. She was saved from that dilution.
She would move the tree rather more to the middle” (Woolf 257). Briscoe’s sentiments towards marriage are in part due to the gender conflict as well as her personal opinion that a woman would not submit to a man’s will without compromising her pursuit for prosperity. She seems to reckon that men are traditionally incapable of appreciating women’s potential since their (women’s) designated gender roles insubordinate them to men.
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