By Elizabeth Langland
A examine of Anne Bronte facing her existence and affects, this article kinds a part of a sequence that's designed to aid within the reassessment of women's writing within the mild of modern figuring out.
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18 One powerless governess could do little to counteract the influence of a society bent on producing women whose minds were wholly occupied with details of costume, coquetry, and conquest. The lack of solid matter in these educational schemes created women ruled by vanity, vulnerable alike to their own weaknesses and to their parents' ambitions for their financially advantageous marriages. It was almost impossible for a woman to secure a good education except by dint of self-application and discipline, yet there, too, she was inevitably limited.
Both novels used a framed narrative. What kind of response Wildfell Hall makes remains in dispute. 1 2 Anne's work is, in this accounting, therefore supplementary to Emily's, a refusal to accept the truths her bolder sister represented. Yet Gordon's reading is once more based on the reliability 50 ANNE BRONTE of Charlotte who states, after her sisters' deaths : 'Anne's character was milder and more subdued . . She wanted the power, the fire, the originality of her sister, but was well endowed with quiet virtues of her own'.
This fact itself is an eloquent testimony to her individuality, which has too often been lost in myths of the Bronte sisters. III The world in which Anne Bronte lived and wrote saw the beginnings of a longstanding Victorian debate on the Woman Question : what was woman's nature and what was her proper sphere? The urgency and pervasiveness of that debate is nowhere better revealed than in the lives of the Brontes, who, despite their seclusion, nonetheless wrote novels that spoke to its very heart.
Anne Brontë: The Other One by Elizabeth Langland