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The Strength of Separateness: A study of five women characters in five novels from two centuries

Wahlstedt, Sofia LU (2012) LIVR07 20111
Master's Programme: Literature - Culture - Media
Comparative Literature
Abstract
This thesis investigates the traditional role of women in society through looking at five novels about women by women. To establish what a woman’s traditional place is this thesis compares Coventry Patmore’s poem “The Angel in the House” to Virginia Woolf’s speech “Professions for Women.” It then goes on to analyze the main women characters of five literary works that demonstrate and counter this traditional and dominant view. The novels are Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1853), To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927), Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936), Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937) and Violet Clay by Gail Godwin (1978). Through analyzing the heroines and their environment the texts reveal that it... (More)
This thesis investigates the traditional role of women in society through looking at five novels about women by women. To establish what a woman’s traditional place is this thesis compares Coventry Patmore’s poem “The Angel in the House” to Virginia Woolf’s speech “Professions for Women.” It then goes on to analyze the main women characters of five literary works that demonstrate and counter this traditional and dominant view. The novels are Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1853), To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927), Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936), Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937) and Violet Clay by Gail Godwin (1978). Through analyzing the heroines and their environment the texts reveal that it is difficult for women to reach autonomy within a relationship and because of this many of them choose to have a better life as a single woman. The texts also show that the women’s environments have difficulty in allowing them autonomy and that other women encourage them to marry in order to have their life choices of marriage and choosing a man over themselves validated. (Less)
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Wahlstedt, Sofia LU
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LIVR07 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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3049505
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2012-09-14 09:26:10
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  abstract     = {This thesis investigates the traditional role of women in society through looking at five novels about women by women. To establish what a woman’s traditional place is this thesis compares Coventry Patmore’s poem “The Angel in the House” to Virginia Woolf’s speech “Professions for Women.” It then goes on to analyze the main women characters of five literary works that demonstrate and counter this traditional and dominant view. The novels are Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1853), To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927), Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936), Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937) and Violet Clay by Gail Godwin (1978). Through analyzing the heroines and their environment the texts reveal that it is difficult for women to reach autonomy within a relationship and because of this many of them choose to have a better life as a single woman. The texts also show that the women’s environments have difficulty in allowing them autonomy and that other women encourage them to marry in order to have their life choices of marriage and choosing a man over themselves validated.},
  author       = {Wahlstedt, Sofia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Strength of Separateness: A study of five women characters in five novels from two centuries},
  year         = {2012},
}