Gender Roles Accepted and Confronted by Women in the Anne Brontë’s Novel the Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Monika Roncová, 2bpAnSv Gender roles accepted and confronted by women in the Anne Brontë’s novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall The Victorian era has been discussed by many authors and critics from 19th century to present day, in terms of status of women in the society and marriage and the role of female gender. Most of the popular Victorian Classics deal more or less with the inequality of the two genders which can suggest us their (if not author’s, than at least women’s around him) desire to change this social contrast. Novelist Anne Brontë, sister of probably better publicly known Emily and Charlotte doesn’t have a great story of love and romance for her readers. She moves forward and looks at the acts of courageous woman Helen Huntingdon, trapped in misfortunate marriage. I would like to present some views on how Anne and Helen confront the traditional Victorian ideals. Brontë’s modern views on writing Most critics claim this prose to be a feminist novel. But Anne’s aim wasn’t to assert an opinion of a woman writer but of a writer as such and to create a quality work. She claims her views in the Preface added to the second edition of novel: I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man. (Brontë 31) 1 Monika Roncová, 2bpAnSv She and her sisters chose sexually neutral pennames (Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell) and Anne was surprised at the harsh criticism or disapproval she received when suspected that she might be a woman. (Senf, 447) Helen’s confrontations Early marriage years Anne presents us modern shocking views of
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