The Murder of Helen Jewett by Patricia Cline Cohen

574 WordsJan 30, 20182 Pages
In the story Cohen makes use of the most trivial murder of 1836 to show the twisted societal accommodations of those who are considered privileged, hypocritical channelled views towards sexuality and legal codes exploitation with a mingling of tabloids journalism and mere politics. In her story Cohen brings out a really sensational fact that a place for women is determined by a man. Jewett had one of the best upbringings as a maid servant but ended up falling a far way from grace as a result of a man. Cohen says that Weston who was a judge had taken credit for rearing Jewett with proper education and strictness. The question one would ask is that whether Jewett was introduced to early sexual encounters and perversions which seemed to be more appealing than the biblical values which Judge Weston tried teaching her. Or one would wonder whether Jewett was simply a woman who got what she wanted with whatever she had. Cohen presents the readers with an opportunity to cogitate on how a murder of a young woman would be manipulated into a circus side show. Through the personal correspondence, census reports, newspapers, legal documents and paintings presented on the matter, one is able to make their own determinations. Jewett, a prostitute who was prominent, was murdered, an act that was not rare but also considered a monstrous crime. It can be said that, the murderers of Jewett brought to the limelight the hidden business of prostitution in New York

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