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The Lady of Shalott The greatest social difficulty in England today is the relationship between men and women NAEL 1719 These words express awareness and the beginning of a change in the Victorian period The role of the woman began its change throughout this period Such changes seemed to only take place in the middle class These changes caused many to question the role of the woman in society thus the woman question evolved The woman became less and less involved with the every day drudgeries and had more and more time on her hands How women actually felt about this change is questionable many took a middle ground that Walter Hougton said was entirely characteristic of the time in its mediation between conservative and radical thinking 349 This is where we find Tennyson In The Lady of Shalott there are times where traditional womanly characteristics are present and at the same time we see very liberal ideas expressed Remember that the middle class womans role is the one going through this transformation and the primary focus of this Woman Question As a result of this new role we see a clash between traditional and radical thought along with feelings of isolation and questions of sexuality The traditional roles of the woman as a wife and mother became increasingly more popular through the Victorian period predominately in the middle class Although this wasnt the only perception of women at the time the role of woman as the submissive wife Hougton 348 whose sole purpose was to please her lord and master is the best known Coventry Patmores poem The Angel in the House NAEL 1722 is a poem that focuses predominately on such traditional womans duties He feels that he gives woman a role in the home as a wife and mother by singing her worth as Maid and WifeNAEL 1724 These two roles were usually the only options for a middle class woman
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