A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own Characters

Virginia Woolf

Woolf, of course, is not a character in her lecture. But by creating a narrator to carry the bulk of her lecture, she makes explicit her own role as author and creates a separation between… (read full character analysis)

The Narrator

To tell her story and make her argument, Woolf invents a narrator who she says could be any woman, "call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmichael or by any name you please—it… (read full character analysis)

Judith Shakespeare

is the imagined sister of William Shakespeare. Woolf creates her to show how a woman with talent equal to Shakespeare would not, because of the structure of society, be able to achieve the same… (read full character analysis)

Mary Beton

is the narrator's aunt, whose death has afforded the narrator a generous allowance of five hundred pounds a year. The narrator lives very comfortably on this sum and financial security has taught her a… (read full character analysis)

Mary Carmichael

is the imagined author of a book called "Life's Adventure" which the narrator reads and criticizes for its broken sentences that fail to emulate the master of sentences, Jane Austen. Despite her obvious lack… (read full character analysis)
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Minor Characters
Mary Seton
is the narrator's friend, studying at Fernham College, with whom she shares a simple college meal and discusses the history of the under-funded women's college.