Societal Norms of Eighteenth-Century Britain Book Review by Nicky

Societal Norms of Eighteenth-Century Britain
An analysis of the role of Mr. Lovel in "Evelina; or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World" by Fanny Burney.
# 128884 | 2,332 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 16, 2010 in History (British) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis)


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Description:

The paper describes how Fanny Burney's novel, "Evelina; or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World", looks at the roles of men and women in eighteenth-century Britain. The paper analyzes how Burney establishes Mr. Lovel as the pretentious fool in the novel, thereby indicating that male virtue is not all that it could be in a world that revolves around women's social finesse and charming graces. Throughout the paper, the writer highlights the importance of male social behavior in this novel.

From the Paper:

"Fanny Burney's novel, Evelina; or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World, is no doubt a comical look at the societal norms of eighteenth-century Britain and an evolving look into the roles of men and women. The novel operates on the basis of social orders but there are other complex themes at work that deserve attention. Under the satire and comfortably placed next to comedy, Burney hints at the role of men and their significance during this time. We are accustomed to exploring the nature of young women in novels at this time and even the relationships between men and women as they adjust to courtesy and contention. Mr. Lovel is the antithesis of this polite society and the most captivating thing about his character is that he is unaware of his place. Burney establishes Mr. Lovel as the pretentious fool in the novel, indicating that male virtue is not all that it could be in a world that revolves around social finesse and charming graces."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burney, Frances. Evelina; or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World. Girlebooks Publications. 1778.
  • Glock, Waldo. Appearance and Reality: The Education of Evelina. Essays in Literature. JSTOR Resource Database.
  • Cutting-Gray,Joanne. "Evelina: Writing between Experience and Innocence. Woman as 'Nobody' and the Novels of Fanny Burney." University Press of Florida. 1992. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 17, 2008. <http://search.epnet.com>
  • Newton, Judith. "Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the Marriage Market." Modern Language Studies. 1976. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 16, 2008. <http://jstor.org>
  • Staves, Susan. "Evelina; or, Female Difficulties." Modern Philology. 1976. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 18, 2008. <http://jstor.org>

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Societal Norms of Eighteenth-Century Britain (2010, August 16) Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/societal-norms-of-eighteenth-century-britain-128884/

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"Societal Norms of Eighteenth-Century Britain" 16 August 2010. Web. 21 October. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/societal-norms-of-eighteenth-century-britain-128884/>

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