coquette pg 2

coquette pg 2 - ways she goes on to justify her past...

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by her parents and was most likely devoid of any passion. It is obvious from the start that Eliza’s so called coquettish attitude differs greatly from the normal female of the time who saw marriage as an end in itself. Eliza continues to distinguish herself from the common female character of the late 1790’s where women were required to abide by certain social conventions. This point is extremely evident in her letters to friend Lucy Freeman, who represents the typical woman of the time. At one point she says, “I believe I shall never again resume those airs which you term coquettish, but which I think deserve a softer appellation, as they proceed from an innocent heart, and are the effusions of a youthful and cheerful mind.”(Foster, II). This quote shines some light onto Eliza’s past interactions with men. She reveals that Lucy has previously chastised her for some actions that seemed reasonably coquettish and deserving of reprisal. Although Eliza seems to be renouncing her former coquettish
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Unformatted text preview: ways, she goes on to justify her past actions as being the product of youth and a cheerful mind. This type of strategy is also symbolic of Eliza’s intellect because she is able to covertly pardon her past as if there was nothing morally wrong with her actions. Eliza seems to exhibit somewhat amoral beliefs about her actions and sees no harm in what she has done in the past or in what she will continue to do in the future. Eliza enters back into her old niche in society, and it is not long before she is again confronted by the prospect of marriage. Rev. J. Boyer is the first suitor to appear in the story, and his actions are consistent with the traditional man of the time. Boyer seems to contain the ideal traits of any man, for he is honorable, caring, and virtuous as a whole. In fact all of the characters, except for Eliza, believe that he would make an excellent suitor. Lucy Freeman remarks...
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