Diminiral Dejudice In Woolf

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PATRIARCHAL DECADENCE IN THE FEMALE WORLD OF MRS. DALLOWAY

RABIYA MATEEN KHAN SESSION: 2013-2015

A THESIS
SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT
FOR
THE DEGREE OF MASTERS
IN ENGLISH LITERATURE
KINNAIRD COLLEGE FOR WOMEN,
LAHORE

RESEARCH COMPLETION CERTIFICATE It is certified that Ms. Syrrina Ahsan of Final Semester (Session 2013-2015), Department of English Literature has carried out this work entitled
“PATRIARCHAL DECADENCE IN THE FEMALE WORLD OF MRS. DALLOWAY” under my supervision.
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For men living in Britain in the years before and after World War I, patriarchy became so potent that it formed, in effect, a distinctive and powerful moral code; it offered a set of values applicable to each and every facet of a personal and collective life. Woolf’s continual reference to that moral code creates a profound sense that this system of belief is inescapable.
It is this system that is the buttress of Woolf’s culture, a system that imposes the gender binary resulting in the oppression of women, a system she is committed to dissemble. When depicting masculine characters in Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf presents men who are not relevant, vibrant figures. Instead, many of these characters are the old men who reminisce about the past and the things they have
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Woolf creates a series of characters in Mrs. Dalloway, that reflect different aspects of patriarchy, establishing for her audience a strong sense of the power this ideology commands socially. J.A. Mangan and James Walvin provide some historical perspective on patriarchy, writing, “To the early Victorian it [patriarchy] represented a concern with a successful transition from Christian immaturity to maturity, demonstrated by earnestness, selflessness and integrity: to the late Victorian it stood for neo-Spartan virility as exemplified by stoicism, hardiness and endurance” (1). They continue, writing that patriarchy embraced “qualities of physical courage, chivalric ideals, virtuous fortitude with additional connotations of military and patriotic virtue”

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