New Women Of The Victorian Era


13MAY98 “New Women” of the Victorian Era The Victorian era brought about many changes throughout Great Britain. Man was searching for new avenues of enlightenment. The quest for knowledge and understanding became an acceptable practice throughout much of the scientific community. It was becoming accepted, and in many ways expected, for people to search for knowledge. Philosophy, the search for truth, was becoming a more intricate part of educating ones self; no longer were people holding on to old-fashioned ideas. Central to the story lines of Middlemarch, written by George Eliot, and Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy, is the theme of ambition and the tempering of expectations both to ...

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they once knew they would attain. Dorthea is depicted early in the novel as having an intimidating presence; however, at a dinner with the supposedly learned and intelligent Mr. Casaubon, she feels quite uneasy. He is an older man with an unattractive appearance which goes completely unnoticed to the “lovestruck” Dorthea. Her sister Celia comments, “How very ugly Mr. Casaubon is!” Dorthea responds by comparing him to a portrait of Locke and says he is a “distinguished looking gentleman.” Later, after dinner, Casaubon and Dorthea discuss religious matters and she looks at him in awe because of his supposed superior intellect. “Here was a man who could understand the higher inward life…a man who’s learning almost amounted to proof of whatever he believed!”(p. 24). As intelligent as Dorthea is, she failed to see Casaubon for the man he really is, and will be, in marriage. Casaubon proposes to her and she accepts. She sees this as an opportunity to further advance her own intellectual ...

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(p. 72). However, Sue is displayed as not being a religious person. On a previous holiday, she purchased two reproduced plaster statues of two Roman Gods, Venus and Apollo. This led to her losing her job and her residence because her landlord disapproved. Jude got Sue a job teaching at Mr. Phillotson’s schoolhouse after she was fired from her job. She took her students to Christminster where they observed a modeled recreation of Jerusalem. Sue commented to Phillotson, “I think that this model, elaborate as it is, is a very imaginary production…there was nothing first rate about the place, or people, after all-as there was about Athens, Rome, Alexandria and other old cities.”(p. 87) This ...

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