Loneliness By Stephen Gordon And Angela Crossby

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“She could neither protect nor defend nor honour by loving; her hands were completely empty. She who would gladly have given her life, must go empty – handed to love, like a beggar. She could only debase what she longed to exalt, defile what she longed to keep pure and untarnished” (Hall 2978). Through characters such as Stephen Gordon and Angela Crossby, Radicyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness illustrates that gender roles restricts fluid sexuality, thus causing both sexual frustration and perpetual loneliness. For example, the protagonist Stephen Gordon; although born a female, strives throughout the novel to be socially accepted as a male. However, in order for her to be bestowed this ‘privilege’, society must first grant her a God like ability to provide protection. Indeed, this novel emphasizes a gendered meaning of protection, by which Hall translates male accessibility and female exclusion. In particular, within this narrative male possess the sole power to provide a name; accomplished through marriage, and guarantee lineage through the gift of sexual reproduction. In this way, gender roles are restricted to males being the provider of protection and females the receiver of this so called gift. Therefore, Hall’s The Well of Loneliness illustrates social inequality implemented through perceived gender roles by which males have a God given power, and females are forced into social isolation. Stephen identifies with these divine rights

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