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Examine again the collection of pre 1914 short stories you have read - Compare how each writer explores the relationships between men and women in the 19th Century.

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Pre 1914 Prose Coursework Q) Examine again the collection of pre 1914 short stories you have read. Compare how each writer explores the relationships between men and women in the 19th Century. In my essay I will be writing about Oliver Twist and a selection of short stories all written in the 19th Century. The stories are all connected by the way the writers explore and portray relationships between men and women. In comparison to relationships now and relationships in the Victorian era there are many differences for instance in the 19th Century women were forced to marry for financial security rather than love. Women were forced in to marriage because they did not have any money to support themselves so had to rely on there husbands income, even if women of that era did have money, which was unlikely because they were seldom allowed to work, there fathers were in control of it and then when they got married there husbands controlled it. There were very few jobs available for women in the 19th Century, the only jobs they could have were to be a maid, secretary or something of that sort, so most of them were housewives, were as today women can apply for any job a man can and are in control of there own money. ...read more.

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I think Hardy and Dickens both dealt with it in a humorous way because if they did not people would not agree with there ideas. An example of this is that if Dickens had of written about men and women being equal people would have looked down on him and refuse to by his books. The Half Brothers The Half Brothers was written by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1810. Gaskell treats marriage sensitively unlike Dickens and Hardy. The Half Brothers is a sad story about a woman called Helen who has had a terrible life. In the relationship between Helen and William they both feel totally different. Helen does not love William, a quote to show this is, "While for, him who had given her so much, she had only gentle words as cold as ice." When William proposed to marry her she cried in her room, a quote to show this is, "Aunt Fanny heard her cry as if her heart was breaking." Helen only married William because she needed the money and could not support, Gregory, her son on her own anymore because she was blind and could not work. A quote to show that she married William for financial security is, "William Preston had asked her to marry him and had promised to take good charge of the boy and make him want for nothing." ...read more.

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Conclusion From the selection of relationships stories I have read about, I have concluded that in the period were not equal, men were always the stronger character and controlled the women. Women were forced to marry because they could not support themselves as they were not allowed to work so they had to rely on there husbands income. Some writers such as Bennet were revolutionary in there thinking were they had men and women equal. Also from the stories I can tell that parent/child relationships were not as close as they are now, some characters were afraid to tell there parents things, such as Philip in News of the Engagement. All of the stories are similar in the way that they all talk about the way relationships and attitudes of people towards relationships at the time and the language in all of the stories is similar. Writers of the day felt that marriage for financial security was more important than marriage for love, this is shown in all of the stories. Eventually later in the nineteenth century a group of women called the Sufragects formed a movement to get equal rights, and about fifty years later, they have. English Coursework Rob Garner ...read more.

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