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  • Titill er á ensku "Some are Made to Scheme, and Some to Love." William Makepeace Thackeray's Presentation of Women in his Novel Vanity Fair
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    The subject of women’s rights and how women have been presented through time is an extremely popular subject in media and literature alike. For centuries, women were not expected to amount to the same things as men and as women writers began to emerge in the eighteenth century, they were shunned and even belittled by their male rivals. Men have long been afraid of women’s intelligence and during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the notion of women fitting into prescribed feminine roles was very prominent. This essay explores the way William Makepeace Thackeray presents his two female protagonists, Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp, in his novel Vanity Fair. Published consecutively in the years 1847-1848, the story is set in the early nineteenth century and follows the lives of the two women as well as that of their friends and families. The role women were expected to fulfil at the time the novel was written was that of the loving housewife, often referred to as “the angel in the house”. Women who did not successfully represent this womanly ideal were often referred to as fallen women. This essay explores the way Thackeray used the women in his life as inspirations for his two female protagonists and sheds light on how their lives, personalities and looks are reflected in the characters of Becky and Amelia. At first glance the two women seem to serve solely as opposites of each other. However, upon deeper exploration of the story, it becomes clear that Thackeray’s presentation of the women is more complex. Moreover, Thackeray’s growth as a writer is evident and his views on women seem to shift as the story progresses due to personal issues he was faced with concerning his wife’s mental illness.

  • 10.5.2016

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