Marrying Mr. Royall became the ideal “decision” for Charity after she had finally left her town home to “return” to the Mountain to seek the help of people outside of the patriarchal norms. The perceptions given the Charity of the Mountain people included, “No school, no church-and no sheriff ever goes up to see what they’re about” (Wharton 25). The Mountain is also a pl...
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...harity is then accepting her fate of needing a man to take care of her, yet after considering her other options and coming to terms with the fact that marrying Mr. Royall may not be so bad after all.
As readers we can see that Charity’s fate is influenced not only by the restrictive social conventions of the time of her situation but also based on Charity’s decision of what she would sacrifice for her child and her self-respect. However, Charity is limited by the 19th century society established against a young women’s independence, which is very limiting on what a young women can do when pregnant with an “illegitimate” child. Thus, Charity’s final “decision” to marry Mr. Royall was not a fatalist one nor based on her potential to be happy within the marriage, but based the conscious choice to fight for the future for her child and maintain a level of self-respect.
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