The Victorian Age By Helen Graham And Arthur Huntingdon Essay

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The Victorian age followed a binary understanding of virtue especially as it pertained to gender. Victorian sexual ethics demand the repression of women, in so much as for man’s pleasure. As a result, women were to enlist virtue in both their husbands and children, while the necessary dual role of parenting was not considered. The primary sexual relation which Brönte explores in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is that of Helen Graham and Arthur Huntingdon – a relationship which produces a child. The child, however, functions an atypical role; the parents’ relation is a result of the child rather than the child being a product of a relation. The child’s homonymous name to his father though stronger relation to his mother supposes the child is wedged between the two. Coupled with the psychoanalytic stage of the phallic stage in which the reader meets Arthur, it is necessary to examine the relationship between the child and his parents and how the relationship, or lack thereof, with his father influences the relationship with his mother. Arthur’s sexual resolution is a result of Helen’s adoption as the moral guide while his emotional development ensues upon the display of a proper relationship between his mother and Markham.
Upon the birth of their son, Freud’s stages more readily distinguish themselves in Huntingdon rather than Arthur. When Helen’s attention dutifully shifts from her husband to her dependent child, she writes of her fears of her child’s moral contamination at the…

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