In Anne Bronte's 'The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall'

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Aris Bell
Eng 300
Paper 1 Or consider why the primary narrator of Bronte’s novel is male—what does that “do” to the text as a feminist novel? Anne Bronte 's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’s themes of marital abuse and women 's silence and solitude of a marriage are explored in depth. Consider the relationship between Helen and Milicent, two wives of alcoholics. Recognize the lack of communication between them and the connection between their silence and the cycle of abuse within families and within society. Now, take into consideration why the primary narrator of Bronte’s novel is a man, and what it “does” to the text as a feminist novel. My understanding suggest that the feminist author wants the audience to see the book from a man’s …show more content…

Helen fell in love with Huntingdon based on his wit and handsome looks, but realising his negative features like his heightened levels of self-indulgence and selfishness resolves to change his ways through gentle persuasion and example. As the story unfolded her marriage goes down hill after the birth of their son, Arthur, who Huntingdon sees as a rival for his wife’s attention. The situation is further aggitated by visits of Huntingdon’s drunken friends. The voice of women who suffered was never heard or undermined by the men who controlled them and it seemed as though marriage was a trap for mice in pursuit of love. Intrahousehold inequality has been an underlying issue for a number of years, although times have changed and laws have come into fruition, the unspoken code of gender complementarianism still thrives and exists. You can find it when you look at the dynamics of a household. Look at who spends more time on household chores and who has more time for leisure? Consider whether or not households spend the same amount of income on girls’ and boys’ education, health and nutrition? Furthermore, speaking into the finances of the home, do married women have a say in how their own cash earnings are spent and do they participate in decision-making on major household purchases? These are the dimensions that expose the factual level of equality in a …show more content…

But in reality, a male narrator gives a certain sense of understanding to the male audience and society’s understand of the male and females roles and responsibilities in a marriage. Just as men were expected to cut the grass, take out the trash, pay the bills and maintain the household as a whole, women were expected to cook, clean, nurture the children, and be a loving and submissive wife to their husband. The only stipulation required for this exchange of power was to establish a mutual love. In the Victorian age love was all it took for a man to take or alter a woman’s livelihood and

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