Symbolism, Moral Ambiguity or Attitudes Toward Women in American Literature of the Period 1776-1860

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Symbolism, Moral Ambiguity or Attitudes Toward Women in American Literature of the Period 1776-1860

During this period, the attitude towards women gradually changed. For quite a long period of time, the important roles women played were ignored. In the society, they were viewed as the weaker gender. Women were easily related to the roles such as taking care of the family, childbearing and raising the children. It was considered as their natural job. As a result, morality was largely based along gender lines and responsibilities towards others instead of being focused on the culture of symbols, individual values and ideas. Materialism was largely used to construct gender aspects. Isecke (33) notes that materialism was largely relied on hence the overlooking of the important cultural system. As seen in my essay, the society contributed towards defying this norm through uplifting the state of woman, whereby she was viewed as an important figure in the society and who had equal rights as a man.
According to Buckley (35), a woman’s life was largely based on moral, sacred and the emotional spheres of life, which basically included religious ties and family affairs. During this period, an increase in women’s population in the church was noted. To some extent, their growing numbers in the church, even outnumbered those of men. The woman’s role was therefore viewed as that of spreading both moral and religious values. Through being involved in…