The female orphans of the story portray the assumption that women are helpless and the lack of letters from Margaret emphasizes the essential worthlessness of a woman’s opinions. Finally, the female presence in the workforce contradicts Romantic ideals, however housewives and male proposals parallel the ideals Shelley uses in Frankenstein. The Romantic ideals that women are secondary to men are expressed throughout Frankenstein as well as in Romantic times and today. Works Cited Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
Therefore, she is described as having traditionally masculine qualities and not being a “good-looking woman” (8). However, according to Victorian standards, such dominant behavior is not morally appro... ... middle of paper ... ...n her character can be seen in the way she has been reduced to begging: “Master, […] Please!” (183). Thus, Molly likewise becomes a repressed character, having feminine qualities imposed on her. In conclusion, the theme of crime and punishment in the novel becomes evident in the portrayal of these characters. None of the presently discussed characters fulfill the ideals of a Victorian woman, as they reveal undesirable traits such as being dominant and cold-hearted.
Gwendolen and thus stereotypical Victorian women are depicted as inauthentic, superficial, immoral, and most appallingly hypocritical. On the contrary, Bronte focuses on the negative connotations of women’s gender role through the depiction of a male character. For Bronte, Mr. Brocklehurst’s maltreatment of Jane and the girls at Lowood demonstrates the fundamental problem in the Victorian society; men dominate and govern society whilst women are rendered subservient and inferior in relation to men. Bronte’s main character, Jane Eyre, conforms to this unequal power dynamic throughout most of the novel. Therefore, Jane is portrayed as the direct product of Victorian society.
9-10). The speaker describes women as weak and submissive, using the very concepts society uses to maintain the binds upon women to reinforce the truth of the statement. The speaker is clear that honour is the tool used to maintain the oppression, as society self-monitors and moderates individuals. In Wycherly's The Country Wife honour is also to blame for controlling women's sexuality. Horner observes that women of honour “are only chary of their reputations, not their persons, and 'tis scandal they would avoid, not men” (Wycherly 183).
As she quoted:" I am not romantic you know. I never was'' yet she still agrees to marry Mr Collins. Charlotte is the main representative o... ... middle of paper ... ...riage. Through the words of her novel Austen evidently criticises women in the 19th century I feel Jane Austen is a very brave novelist who confronted very controversial issues. Jane Austen presents woman as they are, she wrote the truth about how women were seen as weak and how the male population dominated everything.
The categorizing of woman is projected through the “uses the characters of Lucy and Mina as examples of the Victorian ideal of a proper woman, and the “weird sisters” as an example of women who are as bold as to ignore cultural boundaries of sexuality and societal constraints” according to Andrew Crockett from the UC Santa Barbara department of English (Andrew Cro... ... middle of paper ... ... the Victorian ideals is seen as a threat to society and is deemed unfit. This scene illuminates and magnifies upon addressing his strong character by nature, which in many ways contrasts upon Harkers character in the novel. Conclusively, while Bram Stokers novel Dracula is seen as a gothic and horror story, I argue that it is a novel that seeks to address female sexuality directly. Seen through numerous passages, Stoker confronts and battles the views between sexuality during the Victorian era though his genius of characterization of characters present within the novel. As it seems highly intentional to me, I respect the way in which he criticizes and critiques upon female sexuality by bringing into light new ideas regarding female desires.
To conceive the thought of women expressing rage and blatantly retaliating against authority was a defiance against the traditional role of women. Jane Eyre sent controversy through the literary community. For not only was it written by a woman but marked the first use of realistic characters. Jane's complexity lied in her being neither holy good nor evil. She was poor and plain in a time when society considered "an ugly woman a blot on the face of creation."
Dinah appears as the physical embodiment of purity and devotion, while Hetty is the physical embodiment of lust and vanity. This distinction leads the women on their separate paths to mirror another Victorian contradictory pair: the angel in the house and the fallen woman. Dinah’s piety generates a pure and idealized feminine beauty. Eliot often describes Dinah’s beauty with spiritual language, such as Lisbeth’s first impression of Dinah as “nothing at fi... ... middle of paper ... ...f a character defined by her body. Eliot’s tragic character remains a haunting image of the consequences of physical beauty untempered by a firm sense of morality and fed by consuming vanity.
Rebellion toward "Victorian sexual norms and gender roles" (P.2175) are reflected in Woolf's modern literary piece, such as The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection. Also echoed in the piece, is how Woolf "never lost the keen sense of anguish nor the self-doubt occasioned by the closed doors of the academy to women" (P.2445). Both of the female protagonists, Aurora of Aurora Leigh and Isabella of The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection, represent the rebellion and self-doubt of their female writers. Aurora rebels against the Vi... ... middle of paper ... ...r letters, they were all bills" (P.2456). The rebellion ultimately led to emptiness, as Isabella chose not to have relations to preserve her freedom.
Concluding the story, the stability of her situation is what endures: Brently Mallard’s shocking arrival signals the return of her tyrannical disorder and guarantees that Louise Mallard will experience no more than a transitory alteration of her condition. It is this rigid vision-the conservancy of the oppressive circumstance-that’s evident Louise, or possibly her affliction, is lethal to herself. Women during 19th century had limited choices on how they would live their lives. Most subsisted in a state slightly better than slavery. They were forced to obey men, because generally men detained all the assets and women had no autonomous means of existence.