Wilson 1 Ira Wilson Mr. Foss English 4 Dual Credit 7 February 2020 Feminism and Contradictions in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journals Based on the writings of both Dorothy Wordsworth and her brother William Wordsworth, it is clear that the siblings enjoyed a uniquely close relationship. Dorothy and William shared a love of nature and humanity. They shared a passion for literature and a gift of writing. The two were intimately close and supportive of one another. While they were similar in many ways, there are details in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journals which suggest that Dorothy had her own thoughts and opinions about the place of all women which were sometimes at odds with Dorothy’s personal experiences as a woman. In the opening journal entry, Dorothy Wordsworth describes the day that her brother leaves for Yorkshire. Dorothy is emotional and sad about his departure. “I sat a long time upon a stone at the margin of the lake, and after a flood of tears my heart was easier” (Wordsworth 605). In addition to her tears, Dorothy’s description of nature and her surroundings is dark and gloomy.
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