Lady Audley VII - Laura Allen Dr. Claggett EN 4653 3 April...

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Laura Allen Dr. Claggett EN 4653 3 April 2008 Volume III of Lady Audley’s Secret In Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret Robert struggles with his “societal obligation” to become a masculine male figure. At the beginning of the novel, Robert exists in pleasurable idleness: smoking pipes, reading French novels and avoiding any form of physical “male duties.” George, however, provides for him a contrast for which he can eventually build a mask of masculinity. George is ignorant of the "fashionable literature" Robert enjoys and looks completely “out of place… among all these womanly luxuries” of Lady Audley's boudoir (12,59). A husband and father turned daring adventurer, he has made his fortune in Australia in the face of enormous hardship. With the loss of his counterpart, Robert is forced to fulfill his masculine role and he often plays on George’s past to fulfill this. Instead of moving to Australia to search for gold, Robert instead searches for clues. However, Robert never truly reaches
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENG 4635 taught by Professor Claggett during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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