Feminist Literary Criticism In To His Coy Mistress

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In 1894, Clement Scott (Scott, 1894, p 353-355) theorised that women were born ‘angels’, and those who indulged in sex were ‘perverse’. Arguably, it was this attitude that led to the polarisation of women into the ‘chaste or the depraved, the virgin or the whore’ (Boumelha, 1982, p 11). ‘As a social movement, feminist criticism highlights the various ways women in particular have been oppressed, suppressed and repressed…’ (Bressler 185) One of the most potent aspects of feminist literary criticism is to uncover the latent dynamics in a novel relevant to women’s inferior role in society. Feminist Literary Criticism is the critical analysis of literary works based on feminist perspective. In particular, feminist literary critics tend to reject…show more content…
Yet Marvell here depicts the Petrarchan Convention wrapped with lust. Instead of respectable adore, he offers lustful invitation; he wants to have physical triumph over his “Mistress”. All the rhetorical mastery of lover is only to have physical conquest. Later on in the course of his invitation, he uses the picturesque artistry in her youth but after having a triumph over her, he identifies the female body as a loathsome symbol of human…show more content…
In the opening of line 21, the speaker shows his mistress to be unworthy of such description and revises her as a messenger of death. This picturesque attribute is a shift from the language of praise to that of threat, from lust to disgust, provides a great height to the poem’s devaluation of its female subject as a showcase of the speaker’s verbal boldness in order to traps his

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