Louisa May Alcott's " Behind A Mask" or " A Woman's Power" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Louisa May Alcott's " Behind A Mask" or " A Woman's Power"
A psychoanalytic study of whether the protagonist surrenders her integrity in order to achieve happiness and success in the novella and whether she is an hysteric.
# 15174 | 1,350 words | 6 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Psychology (General)


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"This study will psychoanalyze the integrity of Jean Muir's happiness and success in Louisa May Alcott's novella Behind A Mask; or, A Woman's Power. The question is whether Jean surrenders all of her integrity, or even all of her true identity, in performing the various roles she plays as a governess, an actress, and an engaged woman, in order to achieve that success. The answer is that she may have lost some or much of her integrity, or even her identity in her reliance on the masks of her different roles, but in order to achieve success in the patriarchal, deception-ridden society in which she lives, she makes the choice to do whatever she has to do. This answer can only be appreciated if the reader accepts the world as portrayed by Alcott, and believes, as this reader does, that Alcott means Jean's tactics to be a sign of necessary strength, and not..."

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