Rhetorical Analysis: “Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid”

     In her 1940 essay, “Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,” Virginia Woolf contends that women must wage a mental war of ideas against the WWII-era dominant thought for the purposes of securing peace. She reasons that peace comes not from disarmament, but from liberating man “from the machine,” which meant both the physical machines of war (e.g. planes, tanks) and from their psychological counterparts (e.g. the training for and glorification of war). In this pathos-based essay, she uses the formatting of paragraphs, juxtaposition, and evocative imagery to create a unified and fluid case for her position. Continue reading