Evaluate and respond to the presentations of women in the Romantic period. Feel free to discuss presentations of women, by women (such as Austen’s Persuasion) as well as presentations of women by men (such as the “she” in Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty”). Consider the following questions: are these presentations problematic? What do they tell us about the values and briefs of the Romantic Period? Do any of these presentations subvert (complicate, or call into questions) the time’s notions of femininity?
In the early 19th century there were two different period’s Age of Reason (ending) and the Romantic period (beginning). The Age of Reason was the highest ideals about life, art and literature were the only things they mainly focused on. The
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“Persuasion” is about a woman named Anne Eliot who is unmarried, rejected her lover, a naval officer, after being persuaded by her friends and family that he was unsuitable. Austen’s Persuasion major themes were marriage, “I would rather have young people settle on a small income at once, and have to struggle with a few difficulties together, than be involved in a long engagement.”(Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818) and the navy, "The navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and all the privileges which any home can give. Sailors work hard enough for their comforts, we must all allow.” (Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818) she was not revolutionary and she only defended the values and traditions to respect to the society structure. The novel is a written story of the life of Austen, as she wrote the protagonist Anne falls in love with captain Wentworth, Austen did as well, but as well as Anne’s love hers is impossible. The novel discusses whether one or someone else should judge one’s decisions. Throughout the story Austen presents the traditional males who take care of the public aspects of the household, while the women are in charge of the private aspect of the household. Austen wants to change that traditional idea to a more happy, and desirable marriage, where wife can travel with husband and husband can help with house chores. Also, they can have a more sense