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Explore how Elizabeth Thomas explores the theme of abandonment in the poem, The Forsaken Wife.

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Introduction

Q) Read the poem given below and answer the question that follows: Methinks, ’tis strange you can’t afford One pitying look, one parting word; Humanity claims this as due, But what’s humanity to you? Cruel man! I am not blind, Your infidelity I find; Your want of love my ruin shows, My broken heart, your broken vows. Yet maugre all your rigid hate, I will be true in spite of fate; And one preeminence I’ll claim, To be forever still the same. Show me a man that dare be true, That dares to suffer what I do; That can forever sigh unheard, And ever love without regard: I then will own your prior claim To love, to honour, and to fame; But till that time, my dear, adieu, I am superior to you. Elizabeth Thomas (1675-1731) Explore how Elizabeth Thomas explores the theme of abandonment in the poem, “The Forsaken Wife”. PLANNING- Title- It tells us what we need to know about the feelings in the poem. Wife has been abandoned by her husband the reality of the time is that she would have had to suffer her heart ache and ruination in silence as women and particularly wives had little or no voice rights or power in 18 century england this poem serves as a way of venting her true feeling, that she would not have been able to share in polite society. Theme of abandonment- She is amazed that he doesn't feel any guilt or sympathy for her as a result of his cheating so she decided that it is because he has no compassion (first stanza). ...read more.

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Elizabeth Thomas explores the theme of abandonment in the poem by showing us how uncompassionate and heartless her husband is and her heartbreak and how forsaken she is. The title “the forsaken wife” tells us about the feelings of the poem and what it might contain. “Forsaken” also means abandoned, this serves as a way of venting her true feeling, that she would not have been able to share in polite society.So the very word “forsaken” helps inform the reader that the poem deals with the theme of abandonment. â The first stanza is a bitter venting of her bitterness toward her husband showing us that she is heartbroken by his actions.â Throughout the first stanza she uses very emotive language, she questions how can someone be so heartless “ what’s humanity to you?” which shows his actions aren't just of a terrible husband but someone who has no heart and has no consideration for his fellow human beings.â.Furthermore She is amazed that her husband doesn't feel any guilt or sympathy for her as a result of his cheating. The husband hasn’t even given her a second thought, he hasn’t given her “one parting word” or even “one parting look” This is highlighted by the harsh repetition and the harsh conencese of the P’s that make us almost spit out the word. âThis tells us that the husband in fact is heartless and she is heartbroken thus helping us explore the theme of abandonment even more in the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

submissive role of women; she contrasts her ‘be[ing] true’ with her perception that there are no men that dare to be “ true”.â The poem moves from being specific to her story to the society as a whole, she is giving a clear comment to society. The word “their” also turns on its head assumptions that men are brave and protectors as it implies that women face this scary prospect of having to be faithful and even to suffer when they must remain faithful in spite of their husbands’ infidelity. While she questions whether any man exists who could face the hardship of rejection,heartbreak and broken promises, she highlights that women are able to and have to bear these things.â She uses emotive phrases “suffer as I do” “love without regard” to show the pain that many wives have to endure. âThey have to be selfless and silent in their pain to meet the expectations of society. After she has raised this challenge “ a man could not endure as she has” she declares herself “yet superior” to men and her husband in particular, in all aspects that is “to love, to honour and to fame”. The pain and bitterness of the poem emboldens the poetic voice and allows the poet to reveal the injustice of marriage contemporary to her and the abondement she and other women feel. â By using different emotions like rage,sadness, unfairness and ruthlessness throughout the poem Elizabeth Thomas brings out the theme of abandonment in the poem “A forsaken wife”.â Great job! 20/20 Shoma ...read more.

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