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eng 374 fantomina - Response Paper #3 Around the 18th...

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Response Paper #3 Around the 18 th century some brave authors such as Eliza Haywood, dared to challenge the common stereotype for women in literature. Women were usually seen in a negative light whether being the naïve and unintelligent damsel in distress or just in general the cause of mans problems. However Eliza Haywood decided to challenge these common misconceptions about women by creating Fantomina a story about a clever young woman who uses her wits and disguises to get the man she wants. This is contrary to the main character in Alexander Pope’s Rape of Lock, Belinda. Instead of using her intelligence, she is portrayed as the typical negatively stereotyped woman; vain and shallow. Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina is about a young woman who intelligently outsmarts a womanizing man. The young woman is unnamed but is of “distinguished birth, beauty, wit, and spirit” and has a passion for the playhouse (Haywood, 2566). She doesn’t understand why the men pine after the lower class women who “make sale of their favors”, and decides to give
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENGL 374 taught by Professor Rouse during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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