Like I told you in my message I used ebook that does not have the pages number. Making a fuss over the fact that those lines were plagiarize might seemed petty to me but to me they are my reputation. I have reword all of my assumed plagiarism.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, reports that there were three segments that made up the Victorian period. “The Early period; The Mid-Victorian Period; and The Late Period” (920-925). There is a fourth period that is not spoken of, or appreciated: The Birth of Women Writers. Women writers like Virginia Woolf who were not afraid to speak their minds and stood up to the pseudo-moralist, of the Victorian Era, who believed that women, like children should be seen and not be heard.
A woman was brought to Jesus by a group of men who accused her of adultery; after Jesus wrote in the sand, probably the name of the men with whom she has committed adultery, her accusers fled. There is no record that anyone else was accused, why? Since the beginning of time and even into this twenty-first century, women are placed beneath men; and their duties consist of taking care of their children and jumping to their husbands. bidding. Yes, there are women who enjoy the feeling of helplessness and take pleasure in being called dainty; women who are contented to walk behind their husbands and keep silent when their husbands and their collogues are discussing important issues. In the Victorian Era women think that in the presence of their husbands and his intellectual company their only role is to dress up and look pretty, provide a good meal and refreshment, and then disappear and wait discretely until they are needed.. Mrs. Ramsey is one of those women; her belief is that everyone should be married despite the fact that hers is so obviously flawed. She is so enthusiastic about her beliefs that she tries to play match maker. She tries to marry Lily to Mr. Bankes and succeeds in marrying Paul Rayley and Minta, albeit the marriage is a bad one. During the Victorian Era mortality rate was not as it is now, especially the mortality of babies and their mothers. Mrs. Ramsey feels that she is revere amongst women for producing eight children and still has energy to attend to her charity work. As far as Mrs. Ramsey is concerned her life is complete. Mrs. Ramsey is definitely a woman made for the Victorian Era.
Often times wives will support their husbands even when they are aware that they are not the genius that they propose to be. With all his idiosyncrasies, surely Mrs. Ramsey knows that her husband is not as intellectual as he claims to be. A man who walks back and forth on his lawn making a spectacle of himself reciting poetry does not paint a picture of a very intelligent man. Nonetheless, Mrs. Ramsey thinks that as his wife it is her duty to placate him. When he appears before them as she sits with her son, Woolf says:. “It was sympathy he wanted, to be assured of his genius, first of all, and then to be taken within the circle of life, warmed and soothed” Neither Mr. Ramsey nor Mrs. Ramsey wants to face reality; they both know that he (Mr. Ramsey) is no intellect and neither of them is willing to admit it.
But his son hated him. He hated him for coming up to them, for stopping and looking down on them; he hated him for interrupting them; he hated him for the exaltation and sublimity of his gestures; for the magnificence of his head; for his exactingness and egotism (for there he stood, commanding them to attend to him) but most of all he hated the twang and twitter of his father’s emotion which, vibrating round them, disturbed the perfect simplicity and good sense of his relations with his mother.
Standing by her husband is a wife’s duty; if a wife cannot support her husband who will? No man wants a wife who attracts only he, Mrs. Ramsey knows that she is the star in her husband’s crown and she take great delight in the attention given to her by other men. She actually thrives on these men attentions. Mrs. Ramsey is proud of herself, but she could not keep her household together; never once is there any mention of any kind of comrade between her husband and her children. This must have been cause for much tension in her household, but if it did she hides it well, like a true Victorian woman. Mrs. Ramsey gave everything of herself to her family but she could not breech the gap between her husband and children. “So boasting of her capacity to surround and protect, there was scarcely a shell of herself left for her to know herself by; all was so lavished and spent.” Mrs. Ramsey worked hard at presenting the perfect image of her family to the public; that and trying to fix everybody’s life she lost herself in the process.. With all this hard work she hoped that her husband would have done more to make her proud of him as much as she worked to get the admiration of other people. Certainly at some point Mrs. Ramsey must have wanted her husband standing by her rather than her standing by him all the time.
Every woman wants her husband to be her knight in shining amour and this is what Mrs. Ramsey would like form Mr. Ramsey. She wants people to see her husband as a stalwart not a wimp, to think that she depends on him not him on her. But when he comes to her and declares himself a failure he exposes himself in the worse way, he may as well have stood in public naked. At that moment Mr. Ramsey disgraces her, the one thing which she has always held dear, his manhood, he completely disrobed for everyone to see. Mr. Ramsey has an idealistic dream of what a man should be, more so her husband; he should be a man of chivalry and valor; and even if he is not, then he should at least keep up the appearance. The lighthouse is a symbol of the Ramseys, rather than the light getting closer as they reach the lighthouse it is getting darker.. As it seems Mrs. Ramsey probably does not even love her husband, but she wants him to shine so she can bask in the lime-light of his success. The man whose brilliance she brags about, how he is needed by universities, and how he is wanted by important people to give lectures, has just declared himself a failure. The symbol of the lighthouse has definitely lost its effect on the Ramseys.
The truth is, what Mrs. Ramsey really has with Mr. Ramsey is a partnership. You go on being the brilliant person you are, or what people perceive you to be and I will be by your side dazzling, making other men wish they were you. Mr. Ramsey is an outright bully but Mrs. Ramsey is a subtle bully; she uses her charm to make people gladly do what she wants: Lily knows too well who Mrs. Ramsey is: She says that Mrs. Ramsey uses her beauty to edify herself her and as charitable as she seems she knows when to use it and how to use it; she is not as forthright as her bullying husband. Nonetheless, she is an expert at her craft, subtlety she would use it to make others do what she wants them to do. Lily continues to say that her attraction is her way to disguise her own bullying tactics and if she continues to do this her beauty will lose its appeal. I have rephrased this quotation to make it easier for you to cite it from your book.. .”Beauty had this penalty — it came too readily, came too completely. It stilled life — froze it. One forgot the little agitations; the flush, the pallor, some queer distortion, some light or shadow, which made the face unrecognisable for a moment and yet added a quality one saw for ever after. It was simpler to smooth that all out under the cover of beauty.”
This is the point that Woolf kills the angel in the house. On her wedding night Queen Victoria was told if she is worried about having sex she should just close her eyes and think of her kingdom when she is having sex. Mrs. Ramsey might very well be a mini Queen Victoria, pretend you are happily married and if your husband turned out to be prince then you do not even have to pretend; it is a partnership, “If you make me look good I will make you look good.” Judging by the literature of the Victorian Era, women were void of feelings and like snakes, they could adapt to the temperature change for the right prize. Killing the angel is not just bringing women to equality with their husbands but evoking feelings in them. Feelings that they were born with but too lady-like to make surface, feelings that will keep their husbands home.
The Victorian Era was a time when middle and upper class British women were taught to be robots, switch on and swatch off. It was a time when women could be angel in the house because they did not know any better. Woolf is not the only woman writer who rocked the literary with her writings; there are the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and many more.