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French Lieutenant’s Woman Essay

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“So perhaps I am writing a transposed autobiography; perhaps I now live in one of the houses I have brought into the fiction; perhaps Charles is myself in disguise. Perhaps it is only a game. Modern women like Sarah exist, and I have never understood them. Or perhaps I am trying to pass off a concealed book of essays on you.” (p. 80). As a reader, in this point in the novel, I get thoroughly confused and do not know where I stand, much less where I am headed. I realize that there is an inside and outside of the novel, the inside being a world of a story itself and the outside being the space made known to us by the narrator. After this turning point in the novel and now looking back, this ...view middle of the document...

“Already it will be clear that if the accepted destiny of the Victorian girl was to become a wife and a mother, it was unlikely that there would be enough men to go round.” (pg. 11) Seeing that women in this time do not really need men, and then what are women really looking for? This gives a good explanation of Sarah being called a whore. She often disobeys the rules giving to her from her boss, Mrs. Poulteney. Sarah frequently visits the rocky shore of Lyme when she is told to stay away.
Society plays an enormous place in relationships in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. As a Victorian, wealthy man pursues a low end; impecunious woman there is always going to be troubles and precautions to the relationship during this time period. Of course in this village town, anyone seen with the Lieutenant’s woman is going to be looked down upon. Throughout the novel, they always have to meet in the woods or on the shore to get away from the society. In the movie, you really get a feel for how Charles is uniquely attractive as he stares her down standing on the Ware Common. The meeting in the Marlborough House is a new chapter in Charles’ eyes. As Mrs. Poulteney and his soon to be wife, Ernestina ignore Sarah at all times, he realizes that something is not right. They only acknowledge her when they need her to do something for them. It rather makes him irritated and annoyed with the fact they ignore her because of her social status. When the women start talking about the relationship of Sam and Mary, two lower class servants, Charles gets offended and defends them. He is starting to become known of the society as well as evaluating who he is. Moments later, Mr. Smithson is at a rather uncertain at this point, talking down to his servant, Sam. Depending on the social environment, Charles uses different tones with certain people and performs abnormally. This is clearly an indication of insecurity and uncertainty with himself as a person in society. As for Sarah, society reflects everything but well for her. On top of being classified as a whore, everyone stamps her as a piece of dirt because of unemployment and being homeless. Although she does desire to be a part of the upper class because of her wealthy...

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