Commentary of Anne Bronte´s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

643 Words Feb 18th, 2018 3 Pages
To do so, Bronte employs Helen Huntington who from the beginning of the novel is depicted an strong-willed, freethinker, two unfavorable traits for women in Victorian Era England. Her husband, Arthur is largely distinguished from his wife due to his alcoholism, affairs and blatant displays of power. Arthur's role in his marriage as both husband and master take a toll on both Helen and on the marriage. In an earlier conversation between Helen and her Aunt, her aunt attempts to warn her about the danger of rushing into marriage. Her Aunt asks, “Do you ever think about marriage” in order to measure Helen's commitment, however Helen mundanely responds, “Sometimes”. The experiences eyes of her Aunt can see that Helen is not grasping the gravity of such a sacrament, but once she marries she begins to realize. Soon and only after marriage, does her husband Arthur begin to change and show his true colors as an alcoholic and womanizer. Through the relationship between Helen and Arthur, Anne Bronte is able to depict the psychological effects of marriage. Unlike other marriages in the novel, Helen's marriage to Arthur is largely driven by his addiction. For Arthur, his control over Helen works to legitimize his household dominance as well his own masculinity. However, the reiteration of his male dominance also stifles Helen's artistic growth, which manifest later in the novel during her…