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Compare the female characters in each story. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters?

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Compare the female characters in each story. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters? What do these responses tell us about the women and their ideas bout love? What does this tell you about the position of women in society then? The stories that I studied I felt were mostly about relationships some of which work but sometimes they don't. It did show however that different attitudes can change circumstances for instance if you have a positive attitude things can be perceived differently than if you have a negative attitude. Many people want personal gain from a relationship, which doesn't make a sound relationship where trust is important. In the first example the main character was Rhoda Brook and her relationship with Farmer Lodge. The social standing of the two main characters were different, which in those days was much more pronounced than it is in today's society. ...read more.


Sophy who was recently widowed was manoeuvred into going with the vicar because of social standing but she really wanted to be with Sam Hobson. She felt under the circumstances that she had no other choice. In days gone by there were very few women that stood up for themselves they were worried that they may loose their partner/husband they were totally focused on getting married and settling down for the rest of their life. But relationships are difficult and many people in the book have had a problem with this. Many of the women's problems are about being seen as always attractive especially Gertrude. When her arm was disfigured she isn't bothered for herself but is so distressed that her husband will find her unattractive that she hides it from him. Women were and still are in the mind that men think so much of personal appearance. If her husband truly cared he would have helped here through this situation, not thinking of how she looked at the time, because love should be beyond that factor. ...read more.


Male attitudes were to keep their reputation and be superior to the women regardless of the women's feelings. The status of women was far below the men in these short stories they had to pamper to their needs maybe for money or for social standing. Women found it difficult to have any standing in that society unless they had money independently of any man, which was very rare. There social standing either came from their husbands or Fathers. The society of early days meant that women played a very subservient role to the males. Maybe they were not educated as the men were which made them reliant upon the men for their status and social standing they had no independence. Many did not find happiness because they did not really know what they wanted. Social and financial status influenced the way that they felt and clouded their judgement. They were not given the opportunity to be impendent and make their own decisions. Classes were different and unless you came from a high social family you were not educated and so their social standing was of low class. Lawrence Litsardopoulos English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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