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Women and society: as reflected in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Thomas Hardy's Tess of D’Urbervilles
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Throughout history, women have been subjected to male rule and subordination in societies that were built upon values, laws and customs founded by men. These societies were also built as gender and social hierarchies. This essay examines two women in 17th century Puritan New England and 19th century Victorian Britain, in the two novels The Scarlet Letter and Tess of D’Urbervilles. Both societies represent the subordination of women. These two women have both committed a sinful act according to the society they belong to, and are socialised by conventional norms. Thereby, their lives are greatly affected by what the acts trigger off. The essay gives a historical perspective of the two societies, the position of women in them and how this is reflected in the two novels. It also shows how the two women react against social norms and attitudes and how their rebellion affects their lives.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, english, literature, Tess D'Urberville, Hardy, Hawthorne, Scarlett Letter, women, society, subordination, hierarchy, gender, puritans, new england, victorian, britain, norms, values, 19th century, 17th century
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58479ISRN: LTU-CUPP--02/078--SELocal ID: f1069ff3-9a1c-4422-a669-9e45feaf4b5dOAI: diva2:1031867
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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