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    Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

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    In Great Expectations, Dickens depicts an eccentric character in Miss Havisham. The unmarried Miss Havisham seems to both conform to and deny the societal standards of unmarried women in the Victorian Age. Spinsters and old maids display particular attitudes and hold certain functions in the society. Miss Havisham's character shows how one woman can both defy and strengthen these characteristics. She, along with several other female characters in the novel, supports the fact that unmarried

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    Spinster

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    In the poem “Spinster” by Sylvia Plath, a girl and her lover take a walk through the woods on a spring day. As they are walking, the lover attempts to make romantic gestures towards the girl, which frightens her. The girl’s physical withdrawal from spring and her act of embracing winter is a metaphor for her fear of love and longing for the predictability and control that is not found in love. While on their walk through the woods, the disorganization that the girl feels emphasizes the girl’s discomfort

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    Use of Allegories in A New England Nun In "A New England Nun", Mary E. Wilkins Freeman depicts the life of the classic New England spinster. The image of a spinster is of an old maid; a woman never married waiting for a man. The woman waiting to be married is restricted in her life. She does chores and receives education to make her more desirable as a wife. This leads to the allegories used in this short story. The protagonist life paralleled both of her pets' lives, her

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    Spinster, by Sylvia Plath

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    “Spinster” by Sylvia Plath is a poem that consists of a persona, who in other words serves as a “second self” for the author and conveys her innermost feelings. The poem was written in 1956, the same year as Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes, who was also a poet. The title suggests that the persona is one who is not fond of marriage and the normal rituals of courtship as a spinster is an unmarried woman, typically an older woman who is beyond the usual age of marriage and may never marry. The persona

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    “So she was quite alone in the world, except for her dog Ponto.” Kate Chopin’s “Regret” is the story of an elderly spinster who is burdened with the task of watching her neighbors four kids. The story is said to take place in rural Louisiana some time around the nineteenth century. Through this story Chopin portrays how people find regret in the most unlikely of places. Katherine Chopin was born on February 8, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was bilingual and could speak both French and English

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    Defining the Victorian Woman

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    married in many respects, such as their personal rights. In addition, the census of 1850 "revealed a significant imbalance between the sexes," creating a surplus of single women (Lerner 176). Many of these single women joined the ranks of spinsters and old maids due to this imbalance in the population. However, society did not give unmarried women the same roles as married women. Society challenged these women because it believed that a woman without a husband was worthless. Society

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    The feminist approach of the Stone Carvers allows us to look at Klara’s role as a spinster in a new perspective. It allows us to analyze the role of a woman in the first half of the twentieth century. A woman’s role in the early twentieth century still revolved around serving the male members of one’s family. Klara was tied to the traditional role of a female. She would have chores as well as having to make supper for her father, grand father and sometimes Eamon. Klara was more independence than

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    material collected, the researcher further analyze and explore Sarah Ensor’s argument about the “spinster” from her review the “Spinster Ecology: Rachel Carson, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Nonproductive Futurity”. It will then be contrasted from Heather Love’s book, “Feeling Backward: Loss and Politics of Queer History”. Sarah Ensor subscribes to a different teleological approach when discussing the spinster ecology and nonproductive futility in Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel, The Country of Pointed Firs. Her

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    Individualism

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    The rise of individualism in the west paired with negative connotations linked to the single woman, or ‘spinster’, in Euro-American culture has led to the debate of whether it is ‘good to be alone’. It is generally viewed that societies that conform to collectivism tend to ben non-western or ‘traditional’, whereas individualistic societies are predominantly seen to represent the west. It is not however as simply defined. It is important to question what it means to be alone, and whether there are

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    The narrator is confined to a large and prestigious estate in the backwoods of a rural area. She feels as if she is trapped like an agoraphobic spinster who has very little social life. Even though almost all elite upper class women of that time period were seen and acted like socialites, such as today’s wealthy new money upper class of high paid lawyers, doctors, financiers, and business executives

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