The Failure of Isabel to be the Domestic Angel of East Lynne “Every good thing with time that we may earnestly seek,” said Mr. Carlyle. ‘Oh, Barbara, never forget – never forget that the only way to ensure people in the end is to strive always to be right” (Wood 471). Most people have both good and evil in them, which can be seen in the various characters in the book, East Lynne, written by Ellen Wood. Ellen Wood understood the 1860’s England’s ideology of the domestic angel and how women often did not have suitable role models. During the Victorian era, women suffered from the hands of men that they were dependent upon. Miss Isabel was not a proper domestic angel because the gender ideology of the Victorian period prevented her from...The end:
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