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Written by Hannah W. Foster, The Coquette presents a 19 th century theme by contrasting of ‘the Republican Motherhood’ and the “Cult of True Womanhood” which refers to the traditional role of women in society. The protagonist Eliza Wharton violates the virtues of society when her unwed pregnancy is revealed. The importance of Barbara Welter’s ideal woman reflects on how Eliza is viewed as a rebel who seeks freedom from society’s norms. Eliza violates the “Cult of True Womanhood” in three ways: her relationship with Major Peter Stanford, her rejection of Reverend J. Boyer and her unsuccessful maternity. Thus, the “the Cult of True Womanhood” is pervasive and revealed throughout the book by Eliza Wharton’s actions and decisions against the traditional role of society. Barbara Welter defines “The Cult of True Womanhood” that is based off of four key characteristics. An ideal woman is “pious, pure, submissive, and domestic” 1 in society. The four complex meanings all work together to create the form of society’s perfect woman. Welter states, “if anyone, male of female, dared to tamper with the
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