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This is a critical analysis of the Ellen Wood novel, "East Lynne". It demonstrates how the story is told from a voyeuristic servant's point of view, yet fundamentally does not reverse or rearrange the class structure that underlines the servant-master relationship. It examines why the book is a popular and sensationalistic work of fiction, rather than a tale that is questioning of the dominant mores of the society that produced it.
From the Paper:"Ellen Wood, or as she preferred to be known as, Mrs. Henry Wood, wrote a novel entitled East Lynne, or The Earl's Daughter that was, though largely forgotten today, one of the most popular fictions in its day. It was a popular text both in terms of the large percentage of the public who read the work and also in terms of the novel's literary genre. The novel tells the tale of a woman, Isabel, daughter of the title, who is married to a man, named Mr. Carlyle."
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