EngM98T Week 8 - EngM98T Week 8 Hannah More Reading Who is...

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EngM98T Week 8 27/02/2008 13:06:00 Hannah More Reading: Who is Hannah More? She was a novelist; she was a celebrity in England because she was a  philanthropist and devoted to charity; she was incredibly Christian and believed that  what women could do was to do good works (help the poor), she was the modern  Mother Theresa of her time How did women feel about reform?  Women were generally not happy with it (4) What is a woman’s influence? How do they? How should they? It is the duty of a woman in the domestic life – women are mothers and their  goals are to raise up good sons Religion “I would call them to the best and most appropriate exertion of their power, to  raise the depressed tone of public morals, to awaken the drowsy spirit of  religious principle, and to re-animate the dormant powers of active piety” (4) Piety and being moral; being an instrument of social good Bad influence – “It is ridicule, the most deadly weapon in the whole arsenal of  impiety, and which becomes an almost unerring shaft, when directed by a fair  and fashionable hand”   “A young man of the better sort, just entered upon  the world with a certain share of good dispositions and right feelings, not  ignorant of the evidences, nor destitute of the principles of Christianity;  without parting with his respect for religion, he sets out with the too natural  wish of making himself a reputation, and of standing well with the fashionable  part of the female world” (12) If a woman laughs at a man, it will ruin him, but if a man laughs at another 
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