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This paper discusses how Rowson intended "Charlotte Temple" to act as a cautionary tale to the young women of the time to show them the devastating consequences of entering into a sexual relationship before marriage. In particular, the paper looks at how, in analyzing the use of misfortune and benevolence throughout the story, particularly in the relation of the story of Charlotte's parents, we see that "Charlotte Temple" exists beyond the genre of a cautionary narrative, also acting as a parable of virtue to inspire its readers to act with generosity and benevolence to those who had fallen on misfortune.
From the Paper:"The opening chapter of Charlotte Temple, in which Montraville first encounters and is enamored by the beautiful and innocent Charlotte, serves to establish a basis for the novels primary plot and themes. The second chapter of the book, however, introduces the subtler plots and themes of the story, with the detailed history of Charlotte's parents. The chapter begins by introducing the readers to Charlotte's father, Henry Temple, the younger son of an English Earl with a kind heart and gentle disposition. Possessing a small fortune and an illustrious pedigree, both society and Mr. Temples family expected him to marry into wealth and nobility. However Henry Temple's rejection of his place at the top of the English hierarchy serves to reveal the true content of his character by exemplifying his kindness, virtue, and benevolence. Further illustrating Mr. Temple's altruistic attributes are his interactions with the Eldridges, a family lowered into a state of poverty and imprisonment by the great misfortunes they endured. Mr. Eldridge, a former army captain with little wealth, borrowed money from his son's friend, Lewis, to fund his daughter's education. "
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"Charlotte Temple" (2008, April 14) Retrieved June 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/charlotte-temple-103070/
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