Compare the predicament of women in society as described in Cousin

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Compare the predicament of women in society as described in Cousin
Kate and The Seduction. How far do you sympathise with them?

‘The Seduction’ and ‘Cousin Kate’ are similarly concerned with the predicament of women in society.

They are both poems which end up in a negative position, and are following the trails of a young girl, wanting to be loved, in some way. They also similarly carry the theme of betrayal. In ‘The
Seduction’, the girl is betrayed by the teenage magazines promising her the romantic love story she always wanted and, in ‘Cousin Kate’, the young girl is betrayed by her cousin, who steals the man she loves. These are the predicaments that both the girls have.

Both poems contain lines which question their
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This is another predicament that women in both times had, as in ‘Cousin Kate’ contraception wasn’t used, and in the ‘The Seduction’ the girl didn’t want to ruin her dream. Both girls regret their actions, they cry and describe themselves as ‘unclean’ and ‘sickened’.

It is obvious, when reading the poems, that both the young men did not feel any emotion towards the girls. The ‘lord’ in ‘Cousin Kate’ used his power and money to entice the young maiden, because it was thought men had much more authority than women in that time, so she had the problem of not really being able to stand up for herself. The boy in
‘The Seduction’ used alcohol to turn her into a drunken, nervous object in his eyes, and a ‘little slag’ as he refers to her. This shows a lack of respect for the girl.

Although the two poems are almost a century and a half apart, I have found that there are many similar predicaments in society for both the girls. They are looked down upon by society and this makes them feel more ashamed, ‘And better now, to turn away, move away, fade away’, and ‘The neighbours call you good and pure, Call me an outcast thing.’ The girl in ‘Cousin Kate’ knows that sex before marriage was unacceptable in her decade, and the

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