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The Presentations Of Women In The Romantic Period

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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 ...view middle of the document...

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 of partnership whether an obligation towards each other an example would be the marriage of Admiral and Mrs. Croft.
While Austen describes the roles of the women and how she wants to change the “normal” roles of the women, Bryon writes a poem about the true beauty of the women. "She Walks in Beauty" focuses on one particular woman even though the woman in his poem is not identified. Bryon breaks down her physical appearance and focuses on different parts of the women, such as her hair, eyes, and skin. As Bryon writes the poem he could guess what she's thinking based on her "smiles" and her blushes.
In the beginning of the poem Bryon describes the physical appearance of the women and compares it to the dark and light skies. “She walks in beauty, like the...

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