Male and Female Travelers Essay
While reading Helen Maria Williams' "A Tour in Switzerland" and William Coxe's "Sketches of the Natural, Civil, and Political State of Swisserland," I find myself captivated by Williams' description of the Rhine Falls, while feeling indifferent by Coxe's account of the same landscape. It strikes me how much the Rhine Falls influences Williams' emotions and her avid imagination, yet it seems to have a subtle effect on Coxe. In her introduction, Williams mentions that "the descriptive parts of this journal were rapidly traced with the ardour of a fond imagination, eager to seize the vivid colouring of the moment ere it fled, and give permanence to the emotions of admiration, while the solemn enthusiasm beat …show more content…
Both Williams and Coxe react to the Rhine Falls differently. Williams develops an emotional attachment to the Rhine Falls while Coxe maintains a distant connection with it.
Williams' visit to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen begins with a dramatic, almost suspenseful opening. The anticipated revealing of the Rhine Falls is prolonged by Williams' gradual description of the steps they took getting