Daniel Defoe's "Roxana" And Samuel Richardson's "Pamela": Eighteenth Century Male/Female Attitudes To Marriage, Chastity And Sex
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9 pages in length. Virtue was synonymous with the female gender back in the eighteenth century; indeed, a woman without virtue was looked upon as being indigent of conscience. However, this social and emotional oppression was not placed upon women from their own kind, but rather, men were solely responsible for setting forth such gender rules. This stringent gender control made it very difficult for women to abide by their own desires, which is precisely the manner by which men were able to control the female spirit. Indeed, one might readily argue that without such disciplinary restriction, women of the eighteenth century would have been more likely to develop into emotionally well-rounded and spiritually enlightened individuals. No additional sources cited.
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