The Changing Role of Women Comparison Essay by Write Fine

The Changing Role of Women
An analysis of the status of women in 19th century literature.
# 112331 | 1,613 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 20, 2009 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper examines the role of the protagonists in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening", Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper" and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's "Frankenstein". The paper shows how each author writes of the realities of women's lives in the 19th century, which, for the most part, were unfulfilled and controlled by the men around them. The paper highlights how the status of women evolved throughout the 19th century.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chopin, Kate. The Awakening, and Other Stories. Ed. Knights, Pamela. Oxford: Oxford University, 2000.
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wall-Paper." The Online Archive of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writings. Ed. Glynis Carr. Fall 1999. 9 May 2008.< >
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, ed. George Parsons Lathrop (Riverside Edition), 12 vols. Boston, 1890.
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus. New York: Collier Books, 1961.

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