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In The Blithedale Romance the narrator Miles Coverdale believes that freedom came from apathy and that emotions enslave individuals He thinks that Zenobia loses her freedom to Hollingsworth by loving him and he fears that he will lose his freedom if he loves another Ultimately he loves and feels that he loses his individuality which he views as freedom The author however may not have held the same views as his narrator Miles believes that Zenobia loses her freedom to Hollingsworth He first meets Zenobia on page 14 of the novel She offers him her hand which he describes as soft and warm The last time she extends her hand to Miles he describes it as cold Hawthorne 227 Miles does not view a handshake as mere formality he considers it a free whole-souled gesture By free he means that one initiates a handshake of his own accord By whole-souled he implies that the one who initiates a handshake is not only offering his hand but is offering his soul Therefore a handshake is a symbol of an individuals offering of his soul to another Miles views Zenobia as one who gives herself to others Hollingsworth on the other hand is one who takes from others Starting on the bottom of page 28 Miles says Hollingsworth first met Zenobias eyes and began his influence upon her life One can see Hollingsworths influence on Zenobia by the way she shrinks back Shortly after Miles meets her Zenobia talks about womens rights 16 and she mentions the subject again on page 60 When she is with Priscilla Miles and Hollingsworth at Elliots pulpit she seems the most committed to speaking out for her cause 120 Her arguments are the strongest just before Hollingsworth voices his disapproval 122 123 She replies in a submissive manner When Miles asks her later if she will deliver womens rights speeches she says Women possess no rights 141 Throughout the
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