Eliza in "The Cult of True Womanhood"
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This paper provides a review of the character Eliza in "The Cult of True Womanhood" by Barbara Welter. The paper focuses on the four "virtues" that society seeks to impose upon Eliza - piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity. The paper explains that society's narrow expectations work in conjunction with Eliza's lack of timing and consistency to result in deep personal conflict. In conclusion, the paper notes that her character is very much similar to the more famous Madame Bovary, who found her own way of escaping the social pressures and misconceptions, eventually finding a similar ending as Eliza, to society's disdain.
From the Paper:"The pressures of society in this sense against Eliza are constant and tacit. There isn't exactly some sort of social representative coming to her and explaining how things work and what expectations of her are. In fact, she is supposed to already know these things and there are strong arguments to support the idea that she actually does. Nevertheless, pressure is applied tacitly and including marginalization of the characters among her peers. For an individual, there is often nothing as bad as marginalization, because any human being is, first of all, a social character. Shutting one out is killing one slowly by not including him or her."
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Eliza in "The Cult of True Womanhood" (2010, June 23) Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/eliza-in-the-cult-of-true-womanhood-128013/
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