Cranford's Role Of Women In Victorian England By Alev Karaduland

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The Victorian era was a nineteenth-century time period during which many political, economic, and social changes took place throughout England. One of the most prominent categories of discourse regarding this era is that of femininity and the Victorian woman, who was often suppressed and objectified by the patriarchal society in which she existed. However, during the later parts of the nineteenth century, women began to fight for and eventually gain a level of independence in their personal lives, while also impacting and altering the overall hierarchy of their society. Oftentimes, authors use the narratives within their novels to make a statement regarding an event, ideology, or issue in the real world. Arguably, Elizabeth Gaskell uses Cranford …show more content…
Alev Karaduman states that the novel is “written by a woman who not only questions but also resists both the male literary circle and male domination in society” (Karaduman, 160). While the women in the town of Cranford hold fast to traditional values and try to preserve a social order that is disappearing from the world around them, they also defy the well-established patriarchal standards of the time through their existence in a self-contained, essentially successful matriarchy. In order to understand the significance of Cranford in relation to the Victorian era, one must first examine the attributes that perpetuated the ideology of the Victorian woman. Regardless of their social class or familial affiliation, women in this time period were held to rigid standards and often pressured by the expectations that they were required to uphold at all times. Most prominently, a woman’s existence was usually described in relation to the existence or presence of a male figure in her life. Griffin explains the ways in which “women in the nineteenth century were oppressed by laws that systematically and deliberately served the interests

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