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"The Son's Veto" and "Educating Rita" are set in very different times. Compare Sophy and Rita, and consider how their actions are governed by social expectations of women in each period.
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"The Son's Veto" and "Educating Rita" are set in very different times. Compare Sophy and Rita, and consider how their actions are governed by social expectations of women in each period
In the 19th Century, the time in which "the Son's Veto" was set. The rights and social status' of women alter greatly to those in the 20th Century, the time period of "Educating Rita".
For Victorian women, their lives were not one of independency, freedom, and the ability to survive on their own. They had to rely greatly on marriage to give them financial support, emotional support, and all round happiness.
Sophy is a typical example of this. Having used to be a working class woman, and then marrying someone of a higher class. This was, for the both of them, social suicide. For her husband, he would have to put up with the humiliation of having an illiterate, poorly educated, working class wife. She would not be the kind of wife he could show off to his friends. For her on the other hand, she is to spend the rest of her life trying to be someone that she is not. Trying
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