Femininity Quotes By Frances Burney

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Title: Paying particular attention to both the content and style adopted by Frances Burney, explore the way in which women and femininity are being discussed in this passage.
Module Code/Name: ENG 1020Y(1) Reading Fiction: 18th Century to Early 20th Century
Name of Lecturer: Dr S. Rajkomar
Name: Hansraj Bhatoo
Date of Submission: 27 October 2017
Evelina is ‘a sort of island of graceful womanly understanding in a sea of shallow, patronizing or satirical eighteenth century attitudes upon women and their ways.’ This statement from Harrison R. Steeves (1965) depicts how women are under threat in this male dominated society. Femininity is being discussed from men’s point of view and through these conversations, which reflects the writings of Frances
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In the first instance, the conversations are monopolized mostly by male characters, hence reflecting the patriarchal society and also the absence of woman speech shows the lesser value they held in that particular century depicted by Frances Burney. The male dominated society is also revealed when the women are being judged by the men without being given a fair chance of defending themselves. Evelina was ‘so much disconcerted at this sneering speech that (she) said not a word’, thus showing how a woman is compelled to listen to denigrating comments about herself and remain quiet. Mr. Lovel saying that ‘our customs, our manners, and les etiquettes de nous autres, can have very little resemblance to those you have been used to’ reflects the huge difference in lifestyles between Evelina and the people present around her. The superlative ‘very little’ reveals the intensity of her unawareness of this society as opposed to Mr. Lovel who ‘spoke with a self-complacency’ that even ‘convinced’ Evelina that ‘he had studied this address’ and also by employing the words ‘les etiquettes de nous autres’ as a means of boasting about his knowledge of everything, shows his superiority over Evelina which results in further alienating the young lady further from this particular class of people. The repetition of the same idea of isolating Evelina through Mr. Lovel’s use of nature imagery,…show more content…
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