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Jane Eyre - Woman as Demon - Jane Eyre - Woman as Demon Missing Works Cited Women in Victorian literature often came to be seen as "the other" or in more direct terms, as somehow demonized. This is certainly true in Jane Eyre. Bertha Mason, Rochester's mad wife, is the epitome of the demon in the attic. By virtue of being the first wife she is in continually compared to Jane. Although there are parallels in plot and language between the two women, they are completely different people. In addition, Bronte also depicts other women throughout the novel as something to be feared....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays] 1959 words
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Fighting the Fire: Women in the Victorian Era - ... However when Rochester buys Jane a wedding dress with an expensive veil, she is a bit disgusted. She criticizes Rochester by saying, “I smiled as I unfolded it, and devised how I would tease you about your aristocratic tastes, and your efforts to masque your plebeian bride in the attributes of a peeress” (Brontë 368). Jane fears that Rochester may be trying to turn her into something that she is not. Jane is also concerned about the thought of marrying someone who is a lot wealthier than her....   [tags: self and other, jane]
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Geroge Eliot: A Look Into the Victorian Era - Mary Ann Evans was a woman who lived controversial and unconventional life. Many of her choices in her life have shocked many people. She eventually earned the deserved credit of an accomplished author. Her works stand on their own, and where not overshadowed by her personnel life decisions. She was known as one of the best Victorian writers, she deals with issues of social change and triumphs of the heart. Her remarkable talent that shows is the depth and scope of English life. Many of her novels today are included in the Cannon of Classic Nineteenth Century Literary Works....   [tags: English Literature ]
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Individualism In Kate Chopin´s The Awakening - Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is about the slow awakening of Edna Pontellier, a young married woman who pursues her own happiness of individualism and sexual desires in a Victorian society. As a result, Edna tries to makes changes in her life, such as neglecting her duties as a “mother-woman” and moving into her own home. But she soon realizes that nothing can change for the better. Feeling completely hopeless, Edna chose to die as a final escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in....   [tags: victorian society, Edna Pontellier, independence]
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Tennyson's Princess - The Woman's Cause Is Man's - The Woman's Cause Is Man's Alfred Lord Tennyson, the author of The Princess, 1847, was born as the fourth of twelve children on August 6th, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire to George and Elizabeth Tennyson. In 1827 he began his higher education at Trinity College, Cambridge; where he won university prizes for his poetry and became involved in an undergraduate club, The Apostles, which greatly influenced his life and later works. Tennyson died on October 6, 1892 at the age of 83 years after enjoying a delayed but satisfying and profitable literary career (Everett) The Princess was the work that turned Tennyson's struggling career around and laid the foundation for his continued su...   [tags: Tennyson Princess Essays] 1006 words
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Legal Aspects of "The French Lieutenant's Woman" - The French Lieutenant's Woman is a novel which takes place in England in the Mid-Victorian period (1867). This story is about Charles Smithson, a discontented bachelor who had an affair with a prostitute named Sarah Woodruff (a lady's companion and former governess). As a result of his affair with Sarah, Charles breaks his engagement to Ernestina Freeman. After breaking his engagement he learns of the disappearance of Sarah and hires detectives to find her. Meanwhile Mr. Freeman, father of Ernestina threatens to file a suit against Charles for breech of promise of marriage....   [tags: American Literature] 580 words
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The Different Adaptations of Dracula - ... At the end of the film she sides with Dracula, and holds him as he shows his true form and dies (1:58:20-1:59:04). Indeed Mina’s attraction to Dracula in the film leads to one of the defining alterations between the film and movie adaption, the humanization of Dracula. The subtitle of the 1992 film is “Love Never Dies,” (Coppola) which is the love between Dracula and his wife Elisabeta, who is the spitting image of Mina, and is also represented by Winona Ryder. Throughout the film Dracula tries to win over Mina in order to regain his love with Elisabeta, who commits suicide after false rumours of Draculas death are feed to her by priest....   [tags: count dracula, vampires, victorian novel]
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“How Do I Love Thee?” Understanding the Victorian Era Through Browning and Stickney Ellis - The Victorian Era in English history was a period of rapid change. One would be hard-pressed to find an aspect of English life in the 19th century that wasn’t subject to some turmoil. Industrialization was transforming the citizens into a working class population and as a result, it was creating new urban societies centered on the factories. Great Britain enjoyed a time of peace and prosperity at home and thus was extending its global reach in an era of New Imperialism. Even in the home, the long held beliefs were coming into conflict....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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History of Prostitution in the Victorian Period - History of Prostitution in the Victorian Period     In 1858 there were 7,194 prostitutes in London alone. "Given the unreliability of the statistics, one cannot say whether the incidence of prostitution was increasing or decreasing during the nineteenth century or compare that century with other periods. It nevertheless seems clear that the Victorians in the 1840's and 1850's thought that both prostitution and venereal disease were increasing" (Vicinus 79-80). There was increasing visibility of prostitution on the London streets and the Victorians were also conscious of the increasing demand of prostitutes (Vicinus 80)....   [tags: European Europe History]
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Women and Men of the Victorian Era - The Victorian era established strict guidelines and definitions for the ladies and gentleman. Noble birth typically defined one as a "lady" or a "gentleman," but for women in this time period, socioeconomic rank and titles held no prestige or special privileges in a male-dominated society. Commonly, women in this era generally tried to gain more influence and respect but to no avail as their male counterparts controlled the ideals and practices of society. Women were subject to these ideals and practices without any legal or social rights or privileges....   [tags: European Literature] 1347 words
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Christina Rossetti: A Woman of Duality - There is much to be admired of women poets of the Victorian era. A time, in which, female poets and male poets were viewed separately. Standing out amongst the female poets and playing a lead role in a revolutionary movement was Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti’s rich childhood, personal and familial strives, and the Pre-Raphaelite movement aided her to use her poems as a tool of personal expression of the inner turmoil of religious and family obligations and a personal longing in her soul....   [tags: Authors]
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Discovering a Woman's Role in Society - Throughout the early 1800s, British women often played a subordinate role in society, flexed by many obligations, laws, and the superior males. A young woman’s struggle for independence and free will can often be compared to a life of servitude and slavery. Women were often controlled by the various men in their lives; whether it be father, brother or the eventual husband. In 19th century Britain, laws were enacted to further suppress women that eventually bore the idea that women were supposed to do two things: marry and have children....   [tags: women, servitude, independence, England] 826 words
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The Woman Author: A Comparative Analysis - ... She states that “the androgynous mind is resonant and porous; that it transmits emotion without impediment; that it is naturally creative, incandescent and undivided”, which likely results from the appropriate capture of relevant gendered characteristics (Woolf 901). However, it is evident that feminist ideals are “headed in the opposite direction from androgyny; the latest phase of feminism has been dominated by a concerted effort to valorize the idea of ‘female difference’” (Restuccia 254)....   [tags: The Female Author]
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A Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's Possession - A Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's Possession Possession contains two love stories: a contemporary one and a Victorian one whose plots are interlaced, and not as its subtitle suggests a single one: "A Romance". It is a novel about a pair of young scholars who trace the correspondence between two Victorian poets. The contemporary love story between Roland Mitchell and Maud Bailey develops in parallel with and is intermingled with the story of the Victorian lovers, Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte, since the modern academics' quest for knowledge of the past drives the modern romance....   [tags: Papers] 3527 words
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New Woman: A Failed Mother - ... Furthermore traditionally lips and teeth use to symbolize vagina and teeth to represent penis that can penetrate someone. This helps to sexualize and pervert the image of a mother to a vicious predator who should be hunted because they make their children desire them in a sexual way, which is against the norm of a Victorian Society. Jonathan portrays this desire through using strong language as “burning desire” and longing to illustrate him wants to be part of this taboo act of sexual intercourse with the motherly figure....   [tags: dracula functions, gender barriers]
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Victorian Era Education in England - EDUCATION VICTORIAN STYLE Education was an extremely controversial issue in the Victorian Era. Some thought that education belonged in the church others believed that the responsibility of teaching the youth of England rested with the state. Then there were the people who did not want any kind of modern schooling at all for it would take away a form of very cheap labor. Victorians had a lot to learn but not many people could agree on what to learn or who to learn it from. And, while they were addressing these issues, society had to answer the question as to who could attend school....   [tags: Education history, british history] 1465 words
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The Victorian Novel Jane Eyre - The Victorian Novel Jane Eyre has been considered a great work of literature. Jane Eyre How Does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters of the novel. The Victorian novel Jane Eyre has been considered a great work of literature since it was published in the late 1840’s. It follows the development of young Jane from being a girl to turning into a woman. It was very important for Charlotte Bronte to make the novel interesting and gripping right from the beginning as she had to get the reader interested in the novel so the reader will want to read on....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 1485 words
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"The Age of Innocence" - Women's Struggle With Victorian Dogma - Unlike Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Kästner’s Fabian, Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winning work, The Age of Innocence (1920) is not set after World War I. In fact, her work is set prior to it at the turn of the century. She describes Old New York from late 19th and early 20th century in great detail, “New York society and customs…are described with an accuracy that is almost uncanny: to read these pages is to live again.” She also looks at the upper class, instead of middle and lower class society with its dance halls of debauchery and improper solicitations....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 807 words
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Victorian Perception of Women and Vampires in Bram Stoker's Dracula - ... She displays a more powerful sexual pull towards men than she did while she was still human. “There was something diabolically sweet in her tones- something of the tingling of glass when struck-which rang through the brains even of us who heard the words addressed to another”(227). This shows the effect she has on all of the men when they finally come into contact with her as a vampire. Next, is the way they describe the changes in her after she becomes a vampire and they experience her for the first and last time....   [tags: popular culture, women]
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social layering of victorian society - Social classes have been around since the dawn of civilization where you were classified by the survival skills that you possess and your ability to use them. Unfortunately also since the dawn of civilization there has been the conflict between the upper classes looking down upon the people below them. The Victorian era was no different lifestyles were most commonly meager and those who had a more luxurious lifestyle avoided contact with the other class. The main difference between these classes is their dress....   [tags: essays research papers] 1137 words
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Fair and Unjust Wages During The Victorian Period - ... The woman should not be penalized for going into a lower paying occupation; it was her choice and decision. However, a woman should not be treated differently simply because she is a woman and not a man. Equal-pay laws do exist, but it should be ensured that these laws are being enforced because unequal pay still exists. Pope Leo XIII describes "just wage as an amount needed to support a thrifty and upright worker plus his family, and prescribed that it must be sufficient enough to allow the worker to save and acquire property of his own" (Engelland)....   [tags: women, pop leo XIII, discrimination]
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Homosexuality in Victorian Literature - In the late eighteeth century, notions of modesty and propriety meant that there were few ways in which sexuality could be discussed openly in a social setting. Gothic narrative served as an outlet. In Victorian Supernatural fiction, the anxieties surrounding homosexuality is a very prominent theme. However, due to the cultural status of homosexuality as taboo, the subject is heavily veiled in literature. In John Mead Faulkner's `The Lost Stradivarius,' the story appears to be about a young man's obsession with a wonderful musical instrument and a particular piece of music....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1860 words
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Education in Victorian England - Education in Victorian England Monitorial System In the Monitorial System, there was no direct instruction from the teacher. This was, in fact, one of its greatest selling points in the late 1700's; it was incredibly economical. There could be as many as 500 students under one teacher. The teacher selected a few older students(10-12 years old) to act as monitors who, in turn, were responsible for instructing small groups of students, the teacher acting as supervisor, examiner, and disciplinarian....   [tags: European Europe History]
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Opium and Victorian Britain - Opium and Victorian Britain Although opium has been imported to Britain for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes it was not until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that its use as a pharmaceutical panacea and exotic recreational drug became epidemic within all strata of British society. Prior to the 1868 Pharmacy Act which restricted the sale of opium to professional pharmacists, anyone could legally trade in opium products: by the middle of the nineteenth century hundreds of opium based potions, pill, and patent medicines were available to the general public....   [tags: British History]
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Portrayal of Jane Osborne in Vanity Fair - The Redundant Woman Thackeray’s portrayal of Jane Osborne in Vanity Fair is very troubling to the reader of the twentieth century. Grown to be a woman who is stuck under her tyrannical father’s roof, her life appears to be very confining and menial. Her sister snubs her, her nephew mocks her behind her back, her father mocks her to her face, and her main role in life seems to be as her father’s housekeeper. However, Thackeray’s portrayal would have had a very different effect on the Victorian reader....   [tags: Victorian Era William Thackeray]
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Victorian Short - Victorian Short Victorian Short Stories Discuss the role of women – as villains, victims and heroes in a selection of Victorian short stories. In the 19th Century the only type of people who could read and write were people in upper class families. Remembered for being such a class conscious society, the 19th century rarely ever mixed regarding their status in the society, this was the greatest divide ever between rich and poor. As well as their being a division between rich and poor, there was also a division between the sexes....   [tags: English Literature] 2738 words
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Evolution of the Modern Woman in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse - Evolution of the Modern Woman in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse examines the role of women or more specifically, the evolution of the modern woman. The two main female characters in the novel, Mrs Ramsay and Lily Briscoe, both represent different views on life and follow different paths on their search for meaning. Lily Briscoe transcends the traditional female gender roles embodied by Mrs Ramsay; by coming into her own as an independent and modern woman, she symbolises the advent of modernism and rejection of traditional Victorian values....   [tags: To The Lighthouse Essays Virginia Woolf ]
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Victorian Ghost Stories - Victorian Ghost Stories This essay will try and find a formula, after reading a selection of stories and focusing on these to discover the formula. The stories were ‘The Ostler’ by Wilkie Collins (1855), ‘The Red Room’ by H.G.Wells (1896),’The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens (1866). To try and prove there is a Victorian structure or formula to the stories, they need to be analysed. This essay will analyse how effective the openings of the stories and will discuss the techniques of the various authors to create an effective ghost story....   [tags: Papers] 936 words
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Mill, Carlyle and Tennyson on “The Woman Question” - Married women during Victorian times were considered to have the legal rights similar to children. They were not able to vote, hold bank accounts, sign contracts, or hold a professional position except that of a teacher. Husbands owned all money and property a woman brought to a marriage even if they divorced; and held sole custody of their children. Domestically and socially they were expected to act as “The Household General”, a term coined in 1861 by Isabella Beeton in her manual, Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Comparing the French Lieutenant's Woman and Jewel in the Crown - Similarities between French Lieutenant's Woman and Jewel in the Crown       John Fowles's French Lieutenant's Woman and Paul Scott's Jewel in the Crown are two literary works that illustrate continuity in British literature over time.  While French Lieutenant's Woman [is set in]...the Victorian era and Jewel in the Crown [depicts events in]... the twentieth century . . ., the two exhibit similar thematic content.  Both works emphasize the importance of social stature, both portray society's view of what's acceptable in the intimate relationships of women, and both are stories in which two lovers are together regardless of whether or not society approves....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Portrayal of the Victorian Era in Great Expectations - Written during the Victorian Era (1850-1900) Charles Dickens's Great Expectations has echoes of Victorian Morality all throughout the novel. When looked up in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, morality is defined as "the evaluation of or means of evaluating human conduct as a set of ideas of right and wrong and as a set of customs of a given society, class, or social groups which regulate relationships and prescribes modes of behavior to enhance the groups survival." Although the Victorian Era occurred over one hundred years ago, the given definition is clearly portrayed through the use of several morally different characters....   [tags: European Literature] 1178 words
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The Essential Role of Servants in the Victorian Family - The Essential Role of Servants in the Victorian Family   I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing. I abandoned it and framed a humbler supplication; for change, stimulus: that petition too seemed swept off into vague space; "Then" I cried, half desperate, "Grant me at least a new servitude." ( Bronte 93; ch. 10) Jane was not approaching any new territory when she wanted a new servitude. In fact 12.8 percent of the female population in England and Wales were engaged in domestic service in the nineteenth century (Horn 24)....   [tags: Jane Eyre]
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Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening - Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother- women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings, when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels. (29) She had all her life long been accustomed to harbor thoughts and emotions which never voiced themselves....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays] 568 words
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Industry, Science, and Women in Victorian England - Industry, Science, and Women in Victorian England In The Stone Book: The Mosaic Record of Creation, Thomas Cooper expressed the opinion of many Victorians, claiming that our brave and revered forefathers, who, if they could rise from their ashes and look about them in this their native England, as it is at present, would feel sorrow, instead of joy, mingled with their surprise (Cooper). Although such sentiments are not confined to any single generation, the desire to return to simpler, bygone times is particularly understandable in regard to Victorian England....   [tags: Free Essays Online]
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The Life of Infants and Children in Victorian London - The Life of Infants and Children in Victorian London Home Life   Victorian homes offered children a large network of various caregivers built in to the family structure. Each married couple had an average of six children, but the average household was considerably larger. Rarely would one find the nuclear family living alone. Only thirty-six per cent of families consisted simply of a set of parents and their children. Extended families were also rare. Only 10 per cent of families had three or more generations under one roof....   [tags: European Europe History]
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Comparing Victorian and Twentieth Century Literature - Comparing Victorian and Twentieth Century Literature Even though certain works are designated to certain periods in time, many works from say, the Victorian period have similar controlling images when compared to works from the Twentieth century. Each writer presents an image that is repeatedly used throughout the work. The same image is used in each work even though they were written during different periods in time. Sometimes, even the location of the image, where it was placed in the text, helps to develop the image within the work....   [tags: Papers] 719 words
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The Themes of Love in Romantic and Victorian Poetry - The Themes of Love in Romantic and Victorian Poetry Within this essay I shall be comparing the themes of love used in ‘Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns, ‘Remember’ by Christina Rossetti, ‘So We’ll Go No More A-Roving’ by Lord Bryon, ‘Sonnet XVIII’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. To do this I will analyse the different themes of love portrayed by each poet, how the love is declared and explore the ways in which language is used and what effect this has on the reader....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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Victorian Literature: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - For the majority of the 19th century, England enjoyed several advancements in science, philosophy, and economics. The sixty-four year period of Queen Victoria’s reign, known as the Victorian Era, was “a time of progress and prosperity in England.” (English Literature 485). The English were one of the first civilizations to experience the Industrial Revolutions, promoted several social reforms, and continued the expansion of their already large empire. It seems the Victorian Age was synonymous with ingenuity and high morals....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hard Times Depiction of the Position of Young Women in Victorian England Society - The advancements made in Victorian England socially, politically and technologically resulted in the questioning of how to grow and keep up with the times while still maintaining the core traditions that the Victorians idealised. One of the main debates in Victorian England was the discussion around the proper place and characteristics of women. Writers during the time period incorporated their personal opinions and outlooks on where women should be placed in society. Two writers and their pieces which will be further examined in this piece are Sarah Stickney Ellis’s The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities, and Charles Dickens Hard Times....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, and Fault in Our Stars by John Greene - ... The book itself is about kids being forced into a life or death situation. The trilogy includes a love triangle between the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne, and the angst was a very conspicuous attribute to the story, due to all the deaths and inequity occurring throughout the whole trilogy. However, in the Victorian era, the common story tropes were about hard work, perseverance, love wins at the end, and villains must be punished. While people preferred poetry in the Romantic period, novels were the more dominant genre in the Victorian period....   [tags: the victorian era, great expectations]
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Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre - Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre Literature is representative of the time in which it is produced. Literature can reflect societal views, attitudes, and fears.Vampire literature, in particular, often represents the fears of a society.In the Victorian Era, a time of intense sexual repression, it was common for vampire stories to reflect the fear of sexuality that was rampant in society. Bram Stoker’s Dracula illustrated fears about sexual women in contrast to the woman who respected and abided by society’s sexual norms....   [tags: Dracula]
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New Year's Changes in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House - In Victorian England, women were expected to be undoubtedly obedient to their fathers, and later in life, servile to their husbands as well. They were normally forbidden to pursue a real education, and would often “devote themselves to their husbands' happiness” (Roland 10). Throughout history, women have had to make sacrifices for other people's feelings and lives. They have given up their own lives, freedoms, education, and careers due to their concern for others. A concurrent injustice occurs in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House....   [tags: Victorian England, A Doll's House, ]
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A Tale of Much Imagery: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - ... It was prevalent everywhere...Hunger was the inscription on the baker’s shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread; at the sausage-shop, in every dead-dog preparation that was offered for sale. Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder” (22). Dickens shows the suffering of the peasants by this description of their constant hunger. With people of all ages in their life being beat down by it, their desperation is showed, and the stressing/repetition of Hunger is similarly drilled into the text....   [tags: victorian age, innocent aristocrats]
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Social Organizations and Moral Regulation Projects: Governing Morals by Alan Hunt - ... The Society was solely an elite organization. It did not consist of mass membership and it did not awaken potential activism from the middle class, nor did it address the very people it sought to reform. Looking down the Victorian timeline and focusing on the second half of the epoch, we see that more changes to moral regulation have occurred. It became clear that moral regulation projects demonstrated a more complex engagement in regards to the relationship between moral reform and philanthropy....   [tags: victorian societies, moral regulation]
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Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - Set in the early nineteenth century, Charlotte Bronte’s coming-of-age novel, Jane Eyre remarks upon the ill acceptance of social behaviours between various social classes in the Victorian era; through the narration of Jane Eyre as a protagonist, and portray as a parallel to the authors’ life. When Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1832, Britain began its transformation into a world power and the fascinating aspect of that time period is the rigid class systems between the rich and poor, which also attributed to the social and economic injustice between the two groups....   [tags: Victorian Era, Modernism] 876 words
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Household Words, by Charles Dickens - In many ways the Victorian Era is not as different as one might initially expect, though there—of course—have been many social improvements since those times. Individuals of Victorian England had, as we do today, a strong attachment to media entertainment. Just as many American anxiously await the release of new episodes of television shows weekly, Victorian England was similarly riveted through weekly installments from a wide variety of periodicals of the time that too were released on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis....   [tags: victorian era, dickens]
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Women's Status in Mid-19th Century - ... So the goal of the family was to have each of the daughters married off to a good fortune. After their soul crushing experiences many women thought about change, they examined their values to see what they really wanted. Many women began to decide that change is their best option. Women’s values were being tested heavily during the 1800’s. They really didn’t have a voice whether they agreed on something or not. Women began to realize that they don’t just want to get married. They want to be able to be free, they want to be able to voice their own opinion, they want to be in control....   [tags: Victorian Era, liberation movement]
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Christina Rossetti: Poetry and Devotion - ... The Victorian times witnessed an important explosion of a religious movement known as The Oxford Movement which was essentially a revolt against the dangerous anti-religious elements in the society which included the lazy churchmanship. Like many others, Christina was also convinced that Oxford Movement was something much more than a mere religious revival and she arose as an adamant supporter to it granting her religious practices a catholicity. She, herself, was neither a visionary nor a mystic poet but was a devoted member of the Church of England....   [tags: Anglo-Catholic, Victorian, Puritan]
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Mockery of Victorian Values in Hecht's Parody, Dover Beach - Hecht's parody "Dover Bitch" is a mockery of Victorian values shown in "Dover Beach", as well as those of his own period. Hecht candidly exaggerates the speech, ideas and symbols in "Dover Beach.". The first evidence of Hecht's mockery is of speech at the beginning when he writes " There stood Matthew Arnold and his girl......All over, etc., etc.". He take the soft calming words of Arnold and gives them a harsh New Jersey accent. His representation of an educated woman sets the reader up to think that the woman will not sit quietly and be told what to do by her husband....   [tags: Dover Beach] 352 words
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The Impact of Social Class Divisions on the Women of Victorian England - The Impact of Social Class Divisions on the Women of Victorian England Two hundred years ago, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England, the social barriers of the Victorian class system firmly defined the roles of women. The families of Victorian England were divided into four distinct classes: the Nobility or Gentry Class, the Middle Class, the Upper Working Class, and lastly, the Lower Working class . The women of these classes each had their own traditional responsibilities. The specifics of each woman’s role were varied by the status of her family....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickines - ... The 'respectable God fearing citizens' with money were not different from those of the poor class. Both social classes performed acts out of love, greed, and cruelty. The alteration was that the acts had a different image if performed by the higher class citizens. Nancy and Rose are orphans who fell in love and decided to pursue their lovers. These decisions are similar but are looked upon differently. Rose's love Harry was seen as pure because Harry is a man of status, but Nancy's love for Skies forces her to go back to her old life and is seen as an act “into a new means of violence and suffering” (Dickens 322) because Skies was an abusive man....   [tags: victorian era, insanity, crime]
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Victorian Gothic Literature: Scientific vs. Medieval Thinking - Victorian Gothic Literature: Scientific vs. Medieval Thinking        Creatures of the night have always held a fascination and horror for people in all cultures. The English fascination with sensational and gothic literature came to a peak, after slacking slightly following the Romantic period, in the late Victorian period with such works as Dracula, The Strange Adventures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The literate populace avidly devoured this type of literature....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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The Life of the Governess Rebecca Sharp - The Life of the Governess Vanity Fair Sets the Stage “If Miss Rebecca Sharp had determined in her heart upon making the conquest of this big beau, I don't think, ladies, we have any right to blame her…” (Thackery 27). The narrator of Vanity Fair encourages readers not to blame Rebecca Sharp for being determined to win Joseph Sedley's attentions and proposal in only ten days. After all, the narrator reminds us that she was motherless, and thus had no one to help her secure a husband. Yet, members of Vanity Fair rebuke Miss Sharp for her assertive efforts....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Exploration of How Males are Presented in Victorian Short Stories - Exploration of How Males are Presented in Victorian Short Stories Charles Dickens was a prominent author who wrote on the historical eighteenth century issues relevant to the Victorian context. He wrote the following short stories and novels, Captain Murderer, Sikes and Nancy and the Great Expectations. In these stories there are three comparable characters that I am going to compare and contrast. These characters are Captain Murderer (from Captain Murderer), Sikes (from Sikes and Nancy) and finally Magwitch (from Great Expectations)....   [tags: Papers] 748 words
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The Woman in Black Review - The Woman in Black Review Upon the arrival in London my anticipation was high. My first impression of the Fortune Theatre was; it was a very old Victorian building, very small and slightly ragged. Upon entering it felt very cramped and made you feel claustrophobic. The atmosphere was eerie due to the old style of the building. This was particularly effective as the play was set in the Victorian period. This made you feel as if you were in the past. Also the narrow staircase and small seating area created effect....   [tags: Drama] 1981 words
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The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman - The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman Jane's character changes immensely throughout the course of the novel. In Victorian England, there were distinctive boundaries of social classes and I intend to study Jane's social elevation, from a destitute orphan to that of a beloved wife. When Jane was a child her parents died and she was sent to Mr Reed, her late mother's brother. "my own uncle - my mother's brother in his last moments he had required a promise of Mrs Reed that she would rear and maintain me as one of her own" Her uncle died and she was left with Mrs Reed and her three cousins who all despised her....   [tags: Jane Eyre Feminism Charlotte Bronte Essays] 2160 words
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Women and the Poor in Victorian England in Jane Eyre - How does Bronte explore the position of women and the poor in Victorian England throughout her novel Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was Charlotte Bronte’s first successful novel. Published in 1847, Bronte presents us with critique of Victorian assumptions regarding social class and gender. Way ahead of its time, Charlotte Bronte (or publicly none as Currer Bell), caused much commotion critically. In her novel Bronte explores many issues of Victorian society such as women’s stature both generally and amongst poor in the 19th century....   [tags: English Literature] 2308 words
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Embittered Woman in Great Expectations, A Rose for Emily, and Sunset Boulevard - The Embittered Older Woman in Great Expectations, A Rose for Emily, and Sunset Boulevard        The character of the delusional, embittered older woman is prevalent in literature and movies. Since Dickens created the memorable Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, she has evolved with the times into many other well-known characters, including Miss Emily in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard. In each of these incarnations, the woman seeks revenge after a man's betrayal prevents her from meeting society's expectations of women, but finds no peace in her bitterness and ends up becoming a shriveled shell of the person she once was....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Victorian Society's Treatment of the Poor in Oliver Twist - How does Charles Dickens expose Victorian society's awful treatment of the poor. In my essay I am going to talk about the way Charles Dickens uses Oliver Twist to expose the maltreatment of the poor, by analysing the text. In the early 19th century the industrial revolution started (the building of lots of factories and mills) which drew many countryside paupers into the towns. They hoped for a better life and job, but this was seldom the case because conditions were bad and wages were a pittance even if they were lucky enough to be employed....   [tags: English Literature] 2522 words
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What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time? - What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time. Charlotte Bronte wrote 'Jane Eyre' in the mid nineteenth century. At this time women were treated as inferior and believed to be less capable then men. In the Victorian age this belief was widely accepted and most women would marry and have children. Women were generally expected to serve men; this meant many ladies were both emotionally and financially dependent on their husbands. The fact that most women abided by these traditional values meant that it was extremely difficult for women to get jobs in the Victorian age....   [tags: English Literature] 2992 words
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Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula Having studied Bram Stoker's Dracula as part of my GCSE English Course, I am going to consider the representation of women in the novel. The three main characters I will study are Mina, Lucy, and the three female vampires (belonging to Dracula). I am going to consider the similarities and differences of each character, and how well they compare to traditional Victorian women. I will support my answers with quotes and evidence. During the early twentieth century, the traditional Victorian ideal would be a lady of leisure....   [tags: Dracula Bram Stoker Victorian Women Essays] 1234 words
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Estrogen vs Testosterone - ... And can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup. Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless. You think wrong — I have as much soul as you, — and full as much heart...I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh; — it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal, — as we are.” (Bronte 216) Jane is somewhat hostile and set on her ways....   [tags: feminism,masculinity, victorian era]
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French Lietenants Woman - French Lietenants Woman Existentialism, a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness, isolation and freedom upon and individual is a major theme in John Fowles’, The French Lieutenants Woman. Is our life ordained by the superior, or do we power our future. In chapter 13, Fowles interrupts the narration and notes the natural aspects of writing as a novelist, the freedom of the characters that he has created, and the time and structure o f the novel itself. Though awkward to incorporate the authors visions in their own literature, it is manipulated fiction, meta-fiction that is, which perhaps is a subject of major interest amongst the readers of The French Lieutenants Woman....   [tags: essays papers] 436 words
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Woman of the Year: Queen Elizabeth the Second - Woman of the Year: 1953-Queen Elizabeth II From the day she was born, the life of Queen Elizabeth II shows that she deserved to receive the title “Woman of the Year.” She had practical intelligence since she was a kid and she respected peoples opinions. Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 at the London home of her mother's parents, Lord and Lady Strathmore. She was baptized at Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary five weeks later. Elizabeth's father was Albert, the Duke of York....   [tags: essays research papers] 989 words
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19th Century Women - Missing Works Cited Purpose Statement: This paper will outline the role of women in society during the Victorian Era and present some real life examples from the Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey of 19th century women following their roles and at times having the those roles challenged by the difficulty of the trail. 19th-Century Women Women in the nineteenth century, for the most part, had to follow the common role presented to them by society. This role can be summed up by what historians call the "cult of domesticity"....   [tags: Victorian Era] 1661 words
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Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life - Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life The Victorian society was filled with many divisions. It consisted of two extremes, the very wealthy and intense poverty. It was these divisions that contributed to the causes behind the life of Henry Jekyll to be split between the two. However, there are many other reasons as to why Jekyll wanted the best of both worlds. Within the Victorian period, there were many successes, including inventions such as the first public railway link between the coal mines of Darlington and the port of Stockton; this was built by an engineer named George Stevenson....   [tags: Papers] 1518 words
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Bram Stokers Dracula: A Struggle to Maintain Victorian Upper and Middle Class - The Victorian men and women conveyed in Bram Stoker's Dracula are pure and virtuous members of the upper and middle class. However, hiding behind this composed and civilized conception of England lies a dark and turbulent underbelly. This underbelly is the lumpenproletariat, whom Karl Marx defined as "the lowest and most degraded section of the proletariat; the ‘down and outs’ who make no contribution to the workers cause". Victorian culture discriminated against these vagrants, who were seen not only as shiftless and immoral, but dangerous as well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Repression of Women in Victorian Society as Shown in 19th Century Literature - The Repression of Women in Victorian Society as Shown in 19th Century Literature 19th century literature reflects to a certain extent, several ways in which women were repressed in Victorian society. They were considered inferior to men, and given a stereotypical image, showing them as gentle, loyal and angelic. They were rejected of any personal opinions or independence, for these were only a man’s privilege. Class and status also affected women of the era....   [tags: Papers] 844 words
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The Treatment of Poor Children in Victorian Britain depicted in Oliver Twist - In this essay I will be writing about how Charles Dickens uses the story Oliver Twist to expose the appalling treatment of poor children in Victorian Britain. Oliver Twist was written in 1837–9, this period in Britain history was known as the Victorian period. Life in Britain was changing a lot at this time, more and more people were moving to the city due to the Industrial Revolution. Most of the people, who were moving to the city, were living in the country. There were a lot of negative effects of lots of people moving to the city, it was getting really overcrowded and there was a lack of housing....   [tags: English Literature] 1565 words
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The Influences of Harsh Victorian Upbringing on Jane Eyre's Character and Development - The Influences of Harsh Victorian Upbringing on Jane Eyre's Character and Development Jane's early life experiences have a lasting effect on her developing personality and beliefs. Charlotte Brontë first introduces Jane as a vulnerable ten year old, orphaned girl who is pushed around and disrespected. This changes drastically during the course of the novel and ends with Jane being a happy, independent and respected woman. Jane Eyre is an autobiographical novel thought to reflect Charlotte Brontë's life, written by an adult but from a child's perspective....   [tags: Papers] 1337 words
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The Works of Elise de Wolfe,Eleanor Brown, and Dorothy Draper - ... Although Brown was not associated with any architects, she opened her own firm, McMillen Inc., in 1924. Her firm “was probably the first professional full-service Interior decorating firm in America” (Hoffman, net), and is still staffed by 30 employees of both architectural and interior design backgrounds. She was also known to have “the antiques expert William Odom… as her silent partner” (Carol Vogel, net). Her career was very successful thanks to her design firm, and she continued to design up into her 80’s when she retired....   [tags: victorian style,interior design,french classicism]
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Shifting Gender Roles in The Sun Also Rises - ... She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy’s. She started all that. She was built like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey.” (The Sun Also Rises, Page 22). Brett also explores and shifts her sexuality by engaging in sexual activities with various men, disregarding the patriarchal martial arrangements and society’s standard of virtue during the Victorian Era. This is illustrated by Mike, Brett, and Jake’s conversation at a bar: “Mark you....   [tags: victorian gender,ernest hemingway,lost generation]
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Leaps and Bounds towards Feminism - ... Christine enters the story already suffering her fair share of strife and family troubles. She sacrificed her own true love for her family and ended up marrying a wealthy business man whom she never loved. After sometime being alone, Mrs. Linde arrives at Nora’s home severely longing to be needed again. Christine says in despair, “I only feel my life unspeakable empty. No one to live for anymore” (Ibsen 9). She then again married to be needed and loved by children and a husband. She found herself jumping back into a similar but also different relationship that just months before had left her broken, yet renewed and free....   [tags: victorian age, henrik ibsen, doll's house]
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - The novel ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the Victorian era, which had a very different culture from today. The book was first published in 1886 in England and it brought success to the author. The Victorians had strict moral codes to live under as middle class people and had to be well respected to be considered as a good person. The character’s reputation emerges throughout the novel as an essential tool to success in the society of the era. Another Victorian value expected of them was to live a life without any sin and to obey the Bible as literalists....   [tags: Robert Luis Stevenson Victorian Era] 2938 words
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Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, creates a peephole into the lives of a family in the Victorian Era. The play portrays a female viewpoint in a male-dominated society. The values of the society are described using the actions of a woman, Nora, who rebels against the injustices inflicted upon her gender. Women’s equality with men was not recognized by society in the late 1800’s. Rather, a woman was considered a doll, a child, and a servant....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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Oscar Wilde - Between the years of 1837 and 1901, British history experienced a revolutionary period of economic and cultural growth. The new wealth that came with expansion created new class structures as an age of domesticity was inspired. As a result of this, the art world changed too. Writers became realistic as they believed they were serving a higher moral purpose while creating. They wrote of actual and practical life in the form of dramatic monologues. Visual imagery illustrated their emotions while their tone and sound reflected the poems meaning....   [tags: literature, Victorian era, poetry, controversy]
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The Element of Fear: Dickens´ The Signalman and Wells´ Red Room - Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signalman,’ and H.G Wells’ ‘Red Room’ are both short stories written to grip readers through the element of fear. Both tales were written near the end of the Victorian era, during Queen Victoria’s reign. Victorian Britain had a liking for literature, including short stories. Short stories were idyllic because they were a source of instant entertainment, the type required in technologically withdrawn times. People were also becoming increasingly interested in supernatural events such as mesmerism....   [tags: Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, Victorian era, fear] 1859 words
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The Woman as Muse and Begetter: Susan Barton’s “anxiety of authorship” in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe - In their 1979 work titled The Madwoman in the Attic, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar discuss the difficulties faced by Victorian women attempting to write in a patriarchal society. Gilbert and Gubar describe the “anxiety of authorship” experienced by female writers who thus believe they are not capable of creating a successful work. J.M. Coetzee’s 1986 novel Foe, follows its protagonist Susan Barton as she experiences such anxiety in early eighteenth century England. Barton’s anxieties as well as the society in which she lives lead her to employ the writer Daniel Foe to write the story of her experience as a castaway....   [tags: Literature Patriarchy]
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An Artist in her Way: Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen - Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) was a prolific writer. She published almost 100 novels as well as biographies, art criticism, travel writing, historical sketches, and over two hundred articlesfor periodicals like Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine andThe Cornhill Magazine, yet her ambivalence about representing herself as a serious artist in her Autobiography provides Oliphant aficionados with grist for speculation and conjecture: did Oliphant even think of herself as an artist....   [tags: Margaret Oliphant Kirsteen Essays]
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and An Ode Popular Superstitions of Highlands of Scotland - Comparing Unification in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland        In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft seeks to abolish repressive, orthodox conventions. She endeavors to abate manners that lacerate our society, that elevate man above woman, that prohibit equal exchange between the sexes. This unequal system of gender roles forms the basis of her argument. Wollstonecraft claims that civilization will not progress while half its population is subjugated....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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