Women in Romantic Literature Essay

1756 Words Feb 8th, 2011 8 Pages
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Women in Romantic Literature:
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Sinner or Victim
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[ Amanda Schwartz ]
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Professor Bardsley
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English
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After that the poem becomes the story of Oothoon breaking free not only from the figurative bonds she is attached to by being a woman but also the actual bonds placed on her by Theotorum when he bounds Oothoon to her rapist, Bromian,”The adulterate pair/Bound back to back” (Blake 2.5-6).
“Visions of the Daughters of Albion” is written as an allegory which Blake used to comment on how the roles people held in British society was the cause of this style of enslavement of not only women but men as well. His use of an allegory also showed what Blake saw as the answer, which was to look west towards America. Since America had just freed itself from Britain rule he saw it as them breaking the connection that forced discrimination onto people. In this allegorical set up Oothoon is the representation of America and the potential the new country held and is called, “the soft soul of America” (Blake 1.4). This shows that Oothoon’s struggle against the overly pious and righteous hold of the church shown through Theotormen’s character whose name actually means tormented by god and the over controlling lustful man displayed by Bromian’s character is really a struggle of breaking past conventions to just be a liberated person who is able to live and love freely.
After her rape Oothoon at first aligns…