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 periods - the 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 industrial revolution was the biggest turning point of England creating factories jobs, bringing wealth and prosperity to the country. “Young people over Europe thought freedom and equality was very important,” according to scholieren.com
During the Romantic Period, women did not have any voice on political issues. They were mainly household wives, and had no equality rights. But, what is the real role of the women? Women were treated as property and their only jobs were to stay at home and take care of household chores and their children. Many writers like Austen and Byron had different ideas about the Romantic women. But, what were the real views of these two author’s towards women in the Romantic era?
Jane Austen wrote about the traditional world she knew, because she was raised in a traditional family. Austen wrote about what was, to her, a normal daily life of women of her age, education, and class. During the lifetime of Austen, she wrote about six books, but the book Persuasion by Jane Austen was the last she wrote before her death. She was known to focus on marriage plots and happy endings novels.
Persuasion is about a woman named Anne Eliot, who is unmarried and, forced to give up on her lover, after being persuaded by her friends and family that he was unsuitable for Eliot (Austen). Some of the major themes of Persuasion would be 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). Austen was not a revolutionary who wrote to create problems but, to defend the values and traditions that were mostly respected by society and to show the “real” struggles of being a woman.
The novel is a written story of the life of Austen. The protagonist Anne falls in love with Captain Wentworth just like Austen did but, like Anne’s love Austen’s love is impossible. The novel...