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coquette pg 1

coquette pg 1 - bound to since birth and avoids the...

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Disclaimer: This paper is not to be turned in on any accounts, it is merely a refrence for which one may compare personal opinion, or thesis to another, if you use this paper in any means other than a comparison, use the ideas present in the paper, or any such plagiarism you are accountable. In many situations the desires and wants of an individual often conflict with the social norms of the time. Hannah Foster’s The Coquette presents the compelling story of one flirtatious woman, Eliza Wharton, whose desire for a carefree life devoid of confinement conflict with the socially required conjugal life. The term coquette is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a woman who used arts to gain the admiration and affection of men merely for the gratification of vanity or conquest without any intention of responding to the feelings aroused. Foster chooses to reinvents the coquette through Eliza Wharton, a heroic figure that rebels against the social expectations that she was
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Unformatted text preview: bound to since birth and avoids the institution of marriage. Eliza Wharton’s interaction with her suitors is a clear indicator of her wishes for the future. The reader is first introduced to Eliza’s former fiancé, Mr. Haly. Little is known about Haly because he dies at the before the text; however, Eliza’s reaction to his death reveals a great deal of insight into her motives. At first Eliza is confronted by mixed feelings when she writes in a letter, “A melancholy event has lately extricated me from those shackles which parental authority had imposed on my mind. Let me, then, enjoy that freedom which I so highly prize.” (Foster, V). Although Eliza is distressed about the death of her fiancé, she is also confronted by a liberating truth: she is now free from the prison of marriage and is once again able to fulfill her natural propensity for amusement. She also reveals that the marriage was not of her own choosing but arranged...
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