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In Great Expectations Charles Dickens depicts men and women as existing within different social spaces With the exception of Estella who travels from Satis House to London all of Dickenss female characters are contained within the home Men on the other hand have a social existence which their female counterparts lack Pip for example constantly moves between the private space of the home and the public space of London itself Joe Gargery though often confined to the forge has a social existence at the Three Jolly Bargemen the local tavern Unlike Dickens Elizabeth Barrett Browning does not confine her female characters to the home in her novel-poem Aurora Leigh Aurora is a woman who lives independently in London and whose writing earns her a space in the public world Marian Erle is likewise independent and not confined to the local space of the home Despite these different depictions of mens and womens spaces in the social order Barrett Brownings notion of womanhood and femininity resembles Dickenss more than it differs from it We shall explore how for both Dickens and Barrett Browning the ideal woman is a moral repository a being whose function is to infuse men with spirituality and to protect them from the evils of the social worldAlthough this is not a news article it shows the point of the expectations of the genders In the essay Levis the little girl wanted to wear her brother jeans and do all the things that her brother could do Just like in the story Great Expectations the womens role and the mens role are clearly defined The women do the work in the house and rarely leave the home while the men go to work and socially interact on a daily basis the jobs and earn the money The young girl in the story did not understand why she had to do the girly things when she wanted to play with the boysYou dont look
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