Analysis Of Sarah Woodruff

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Sarah Woodruff personifies the figure of the “femme fatale” par excellence. From her first meeting with Charles she, unconsciously attracts him. She is objectified through the perspective of masculine desire and curiosity. She appears as a “dark shape” and a “black figure” with captivating eyes in which “her stare was aimed like a rifle at the farthest horizon” (9). Charles gets fascinated by Sarah’s appearance, for her face was an “unforgettable face” and it has no signs of insanity. In effect, Sarah’s gaze at Charles seems as a “lance” that hypnotizes him under her mysterious charm (10). Sarah performs a series of lies as a means to be released from the Victorian restrains contrary to the well-mannered Victorian heroines, such as Jane Eyre
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