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In Victorian literature the issue of gender and class is usually some of the most important themes The novels of Cometh Up As A Flower by Rhoda Broughton and Wilkie Collins The Woman in White both explore the dynamics of gender of the main characters while factoring in their class issues within the constrains of love The sensation novel of the Victorian literature period works to construct the characters of Nell Le Strange and Walter Hartright as sexual beings that their said sexuality becomes issue within finding love in different class statuses Within the novel Cometh Up As A Flower the main character of Nell Le Strange struggles with her sexuality as she falls in love with Dick McGregor but ultimately lets him go for Hugh Lancaster as he is economically successful The paper will be used to further understand Broughtons frank sexual discussion of her character as a delicate sickly female as she conquers love and or money Focusing on Le Stranges desire to help her family move up in economically juxtaposed with her true feelings will be explored On a similar note Wilkie Collins The Woman in White tackles gender lovesexuality and class However The Woman in White unlike Cometh Up As A Flower deals specifically with the main characters male perspective A comparative study between Broughtons Nell Le Strange and Collins character of Mr Walter Hartright will help to justify that the use of sexuality has within the obliges of economic prosperity The similarities of both characters have Hartiright and Le Strange deal with class division while failing in love The notion of Hatrights self-invention and masculinity will be tackled in the paper Both characters of Nell Le Strange and Walter Hartright will help to explain the gendersexuality that comes into play with class division in Victorian literature sensation novels Two sources that will be used are as
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