George Gascoigne 's The Adventures Of Master Fj

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George Gascoigne’s The Adventures of Master FJ primarily focuses on the affair between FJ and Dame Ellinor. During his time with Dame Ellinor, FJ establishes himself as a man “bounden to love”; however, this declaration is untrue and proven so when Frances tells that story of Bess, her lover, and her husband. The tale about Bess is meant to bring FJ to full realization that the affair he is having with Ellinor is temporary and built solely on lustful feelings. The circumstantial equivalency between FJ and the lover, as well as Ellinor and Bess, is obvious; however, their emotions towards their respective lovers differ greatly. When Bess is discovered by her husband, she repents and ends her affair and her lover to follow her wishes.…show more content…
FJ believes that he has mistrusted Ellinor, because he believes that it is not possible for her to leave him. Instead of allowing Ellinor her own feelings, FJ decides them for her because he has transformed her into the object of his fantasy. And as an object for his taking, FJ does not allow Ellinor to deny him, which leads him to rape her when she attempts to deny him sex. When FJ meets with Ellinor and tells her of his inner thoughts, concerning his worry of “the change of her vowed affections” and telling her exactly “with whom, of whom, by whom, and to whom she bent her better liking,” the narrator describes FJ as “one not master of himself” (61). As he goes to inform Ellinor of her wrongdoings in the case of their affair, he does not maintain control over his own affections and when Ellinor falls “into flat defiance with FJ,” he does not let her disagree with him and he does this by forcing her to submit to him (61). By raping Ellinor, FJ forces her into a momentary perfect version of herself, in his mind. Ellinor’s first purpose for FJ is to be ready for him sexually at all times, and when she refuses to have sex with him, he terms her as his “new-professed enemy” and then rapes her so that he gains what he wants from her (61). Ellinor refuses to function as FJ’s perfect object, so he rapes her into submission; however, Ellinor does not force him to leave but continues to allow him to function as a patriarchal figure. And, in an effort to show

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