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Question: Examine the relationship between the 19th century understanding of female sexuality and haunting phenomena in at least two texts, including The Turn of the Screw.

[‘The Angel in the House’ (1862) by Coventry Patmore and ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (1898) by Henry James.]

Answer: It is candid beyond any reasonable doubt that women have been silenced for the largest part of the human history, most of the time left in oblivion, taking the background position in the main events and occasions. If that is not enough, credit has always been given to men, with the women’s feelings and thoughts being deemed as insignificant. Before mid 19th century, female sexuality was confronted by immense confusion and controversy. In particular, majority of the societies across the globe adopted the Patriarchal model which allocated more privilege and power to the men, while on the other hand diminishing the social position of the women to mere slaves and subordinates of men. It is on this basis that during the mid19th century the proliferation of feminist movements amplified tremendously, which can be somehow attributed to the ascension of Queen Victoria to power. This era marked ...(short extract)

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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1533
  • Date submitted: August 06, 2018
  • Date written: March, 2015
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8475

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