Report on Women in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century in America

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English Literature (Mad, Sad and Bad:Woman in American Literature)
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1Representation of Motherhood....................................................................................................1CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................5REFERENCES................................................................................................................................6
INTRODUCTIONAnalysing the facts and figures of stories and poems helps individual to understand itsessence to the core. The report makes thorough discussion regarding the condition of women innineteenth and twentieth century in America. To understand this aspect in well-defined manner,one long story has been chosen, that is, “The Scarlet letter” written by Nathaniel Hawthornewhich reflects different aspects of women including, courage strength and love for child.Another poem has been chosen, that is “Before I got my eye put out”, which is written by EmilyDickinson. The report will make comprehensive discussion regarding representation ofmotherhood. The relationship of nature of women and strength will also be discussed in thereport (Hawthorne).Representation of MotherhoodMotherhood is a state or experience of having or raising a child. It has nothing to do withgiving birth but the qualities possessed by a female for others in her makes her experience thefeeling of motherhood. The undying love and devotion of a women towards her child is alsoconsidered to be common aspects of being a mother. Other characteristics hold by the womenthat can be called as a mother are, humanity, patience, tolerance, perseverance, understanding,trust, loyalty, forgiveness, adaptive to the change in environment, determination, protectivenature etc (Plath).The central character of “The Scarlet letter”, that is, Hester, ran from her territory so as topreserve her daughter from any negativity. It reflects the determination and courage of themother towards her child. It also remains fit with the other characteristics of motherhood as well.It is undying love for her child has been shown remarkably brilliant in this story. She representeda courageous and self-sufficient single mother (Watling). Even when she was prisoned for threemonths, she kept herself with her daughter all the time. She took all the measures so that she canprotect her daughter from bad effects of the prison. It shows her protective nature and concernthat her child remains safe. She tries to inculcate everything in the nature of her daughter that cankeep her away from every sin. Hence, it can be assessed that Hester is a good representation ofmotherhood qualities that are inculcated in her and can very well be ascertained while readingthe story as well.The characteristics of a mother is also very well depicted in the poem, “Before I got myeye put out” The courage and determination that has been seen in the girl even after suffering1
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