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The Woman Named Zenobia In Hawthornes story The Blithedale Romance we are introduced to the character Zenobia Zenobia is a wealthy woman who considers herself to be a feminist She is always preaching her view of the womans role in society She is a woman who feels and speaks very passionately about the feminists place in the world This all seems to change as soon as Zenobia falls in love with Hollingsworth After Zenobia begins spending more and more time with this man we start to see her position as a powerful and independent woman disappear more and more Zenobia starts to fall behind Hollingsworth he begins to control this feminist and soon even all her opinions about feminism are nothing Zenobia becomes in this story the woman that she has been trying to do away with she takes on the role of the woman behind the man The trouble started in Zenobias life when Priscilla is sent to Blithedale to live with her Priscilla also falls in love with Hollingsworth This is where the reader starts to see Zenobias feminist point of view start to Vaillette 2 diminish Zenobia in this book is picking a man over her sister the first no-no in feminism Zenobia is cruel to Priscilla She tries to embarrass her so that she will look good in Hollinsworths eyes She even turns Priscilla over to Westervelt whom Moody was trying to keep Priscilla away from in the first place Zenobia does all of this just so Hollingsworth will love her The reader begins to see the fall of Zenobias feministic character more from the way she is with Hollingsworth Hawthorne uses irony to portray Zenobias character The way she portrays herself in society and the way she acts toward Hollingsworth are the most ironic characteristics In the public society she portrays
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