Monday, February 4, 2019
Comparing Women in Rappaccinis Daughter, Prophetic Pictures, Lady Elea
The character reference of Wo manpower in Rappaccinis Daughter, The Prophetic Pictures, Lady Eleanors Mantle, and The Birth-Mark When researching criticism on Hawthornes works, I ran across an interesting piece that dealt with the feminist view of The Birth-Mark. The article, written by Fetterly, explores the blood between Aylmer and his wife, and how this relationship is a typical male-dominated situation. Although there is the fact that the bill deals with the failure of the scientist, there is an underlying current here of how Aylmer views his wife in a negative manner. This view towards wo hands can be seen in some(prenominal) of the works of Hawthornes - among them Rappaccinis Daughter, The Prophetic Pictures, and Lady Eleanors Mantle. While this view of women is not perpetually at the forefront of the piece, it is certainly worth exploring how they argon treated by the men in for each one. In The Birthmark, Aylmer sets about the task of ridding his wife of the unrivall ed imperfection she has. By driveing to perfect her, the readers get the idea that somehow Georgiana is not adequate and this inadequacy lies in her appearance. The message to the readers seems to be that women need to be perfect on the outside as well as on the inside, which Aylmer claims is flawless. Aylmer decides he is going to fix Georgiana. Feminists look at this as a male control issue. There are several mentions of Georgiana as world otherwise so perfect, in both appearance and soul - alleviate for this birthmark. This idea of having to tolerate the most beautiful wife is very contaminating view of women. It plants the idea in our minds that men are superior to women, and that men are the ones who can fix females in the attempt to bring them up to the level of me... ...hadow of death falling over the female characters in each of these stories. This would fit into what Fetterly describes as the great American dream of eliminating women. It seems that the role of the men in these pieces were chiefly to try and control their wives/love interests/daughters in the attempt to get an upper hand in the battle of the sexes. There are not any productive male-female relationships seen here, and feminists would conclude that this stems from the need to dominate women, plausibly because men are afraid of the power of women. We cant know whats going on in the minds of these men, but it certainly is interesting to look at the relationships they have with the main female characters. Works CitedHawthorne, Nathaniel. Rappaccinis Daughter. Nathaniel Hawthornes Tales. Ed. James McIntosh. New York W. W. Norton and Company, 1987.