From their writings we see that they both were against anti-feminism and they tried their best to abandon the whole idea. Their strong religious values aided them in the survival of the struggle they experienced during their lives. They were two different women with similar struggles but with different situations. Although Mary Rowlandson and Anne Bradstreet both had unique struggles, both women were able to overcome their difficulties through similar faiths. Mary Rowlandson was a woman that relied on God.
The Wife of Bath: An Analysis of Her Life and Her Tale The Wife of Bath’s Prologue stays consistent with the facts that experience is better than the societal norms, specifically those instilled by the church leadership. Chaucer uses the Wife of Bath to display the insanity of the church, but through switching and amplifying their view of men and chastity onto the opposite gender. The church doctrine at the time held celibacy in an idolized manner, forgetting the inability for humans to ever reach perfection, or live up to this standard. They also did not hold women in a high regard at all, again this is where Chaucer flips the role, as the Wife of Bath describes her five marriages in her prologue, essentially describing each as a conquest, where the result is her having all control. The importance of experience is clearly expressed in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and is the reflected in the Wife of Bath’s Tale.
His complete dedication to Christianity causes him to reject his lover “[W]hile I love Rosamond Oliver so wildly––with all the intensity, indeed, of a first passion, the object of which is exquisitely beautiful, graceful, fascinating––I experience at the same time a calm, unwarped consciousness that she would not make me a good wife” (350). St John and Rosamond clearly have the foundation for a good relationship in place, but St John sacrifices that relationship in order to pursue his missionary work wholeheartedly. Love would distract him from practicing his faith, as he believes that strong emotions would obstruct his religious goals. As Jane gains a deeper understanding of St John and his belief system, she begins to see a disconnect in their interpretations of Christianity, she “prayed in my way- a different way to St John 's, but effective in its own fashion. (358)”.
Christianity, in all aspects, is a pervasive theme that drives the plot and aids our understanding of Oranges are not the only fruit. Without the religious themes and ideas presented throughout the novel, almost all conflict would cease to arise. Jeanette is raised by her mother, who is part of the Pentecostal Christian denomination, but when her family and the church find out about the unnatural passions Jeanette feels she becomes ostracized and eventually forced out of her home. The first indication of Christianity as a theme within Oranges are not the only fruit is in the table of contents. The eight chapters in the table of contents are named after the first eight books in the Old Testament.
But when she meets St. John who is a devoted believer of God as a supernatural and supernatural only, and finally realizes the true spiritual connection between Rochester and herself, she finds her own religion to believe in. As In the end Jane is portrayed as a believer of her own established idea which is to confirm both supernaturality and spirituality by following her own intentions while at the same time, praising God. Evidently Bronte`s intentions to illustrate the change of Jane`s beliefs caused the idea of Christianity to come up more often as the story
Those characters all represent three vastly different variations of Christian faith in the Victorian Era. Over the course of Jane’s journey, she struggles with her own Christian faith in God and beliefs as well as with the approaches to religion the characters Mr Brocklehurst, Helen Burns and St. John Rivers have chosen. Mr Brocklehurst Jane’s first encounter with one of the strongly religious characters takes place in her aunt’s house. Jane meets Mr Brocklehurst, the master Lowood school, where she will be studying and eventually become a teacher later in the novel. During her first interaction with him Mr Brocklehurst promptly asks Jane “Do you read your Bible?” (Brontë 72) and other questions about Jane’s faith.
These who are stuck in the middle may be honest and respectable people with their concerns in the wrong place. The nun, for example, is a pilgrim that is somewhere in the middle of the scale of good and bad. The expectations for nuns were to be “married to God”, which would show their commitment to him for the rest of their lives and function as an oath of celibacy. They were expected to share none of the concerns of the world and to spend their time dedicated to devotion and prayer. While the nun from Canterbury Tales is religious, she has her flaws that Chaucer points out in a jocular,
However it may seem that some of it is quite exaggerated, “The characters and events, though some of them masterly in conception, are coined expressly for the purpose of bringing out great effects.”(p,451.). Females were to be pure, nurturing, gentle and religious, going to church and turning to God in times of need. Jane on the other hand is the opposite of this and “No Christian grace is perceptible upon her.” (p,452.) and is often seen “murmuring against the comforts of the rich.”(p,452.) here the reader experiences Jane going against her roles of class and gender as she is in no way acting as a respectable, responsible
A woman occupies a conspicuous role in her novels. She portrays the woman who struggles against those forces which are beyond her control as Rukmani in Nectar in a Sieve. But it does not mean they rebel. In A Handful of Rice, Nalini is shown as an ideal sufferer and nurturer. The tolerance of these women is born out of their faith.
And the represents of Maduri Dixit is also symbol of perfect feminine beauty and in India, where no imperfction. Miranda has to be an outsider and take some spiritual exercise in the church. Cultural alienation is obviusly an evident to the need traditional values in keeping the institution of marriage alive. Miranda’s belief in church and the concept of marriage bring together a practical cultural gap however it finally saves Dev’s marriage. Thinking about her on situation of being a mistress she begins to cry and from then on Miranda stops meeting Dev.