The Feminist Analysis of Roman Fever

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The feminist analysis of Roman Fever This paper takes the short story "Roman fever" as an example for the text analysis, discussing the two protagonist from a feminist point of view. Through subtle descriptions by Wharton, the story shaped the irrational female image due to jealousy in women relationships and revealed women's love life under the influence of patriarchal ideology in the western society. Moreover, this paper criticizes the hypocrisy of the upper class and calls for women's self-awakening. Key words: Edith Wharton, roman fever, feminist criticism, patriarchal consciousness, self-awakening. 1. A brief introduction Edith Wharton wrote “Roman Fever” in 1934 and included it in the collection The World Over (1936). Alida Slade and Grace Ansley are the primary characters in Wharton's tale that incorporates love, mother daughter relationships and sexuality into a compelling piece of literary work. The women meet by chance in Rome, they knit and reminisce about their shared history and discuss their teenaged daughters, Barbara and Jenny. Femininity and fever are the core, which identifies and develops the connection among generations of American women and the danger associated with Rome. No doubt, Wharton demonstrates that the fever's multiple manifestations and the experiences of women, the public and the private, are inextricably linked. The shift of the concepts for fever and women ultimately forward the story's theme of women's progress, both potential and achieved. From around the 1880s to the 1920s, the United States witnessed large-scale shifts in women's activity outside the home, for instance, the birth of the women's club movement, the founding of women's colleges, an increased number of women working with salary

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