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The Ideal Family
An analysis of the representation of the ideal family in Hannah Webster Foster's novel "Coquette".
# 124347 | 750 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Marriage)

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This paper provides an analysis of Hannah Webster Foster's novel "Coquette". The analysis illustrates the ideal family revealed in the novel and its negative impact on protagonist Eliza Wharton, in order to show how Foster uses this dysfunctional view of the family to show it is far from the ideal then perpetuated by social controls.

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"In the last decades of the ...s, the new American nation was struggling to reinforce and to define its identity across many aspects of society, from the shape of government and relations among the states, to gender roles and marriage. In almost every instance, rapid changes and threats of both an internal and external threat to the stability of the nation led to a call for more stringent social controls. Concepts considered ideal were socially constructed by the patriarchal status quo, including those of marriage..."

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