Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cranford Ladies

1.) The women of Cranford believe themselves to be aristocrats above the talk of money. Captain Brown was a source of vexation to them when he moved into the district because of his distasteful public talk on his own poverty. They also detested the presence of the captain because of his association with a nearby railroad project, which the ladies of Cranford were opposed. The final strike against Captain Brown however was the only one he could not control, his manhood. The ladies of Cranford thought the male gender to be inferior to that of the female sex. This was evident in the comment made by Mary Smith, she pointed out that the ladies of Cranford rejoiced in their “distaste for mankind.” As time progressed, he began to gain the respect of the women because of his abilities to come up with solutions to their everyday inconveniences. To the ladies of Cranford, Captain Brown signified an annoyance to their perfectly scripted life but after a few months they sculpted him into an image and role in which they could grow accustomed.

2.) Upon the arrival of the conjurer, there were many opinions of magic and its validity in the group of Cranford ladies. Miss Pole was adamantly against the idea of anything uncanny, believing there was always a scientific or logical reason for anything mystifying. Miss Jenkyns also was critical to any ideas of superstition to an extraordinary degree however she was merely content to be under this opinion rather then try to find any evidence to support her views. Mrs. Forrester held the polar opposite view, that magic and all forms of the uncanny were a real phenomenon. The opinions of these ladies represent the rationale of their time. For example Mrs. Forrester represents those people in the era that still held pre-scientific beliefs, while Miss Pole, on the other hand represented the questioners or scientific thinkers of the nineteenth century. Miss Jenkyns mirrored those in the Victorian age who held similar beliefs to the scientific investigators but were content with their views without any research of their own to validate their ideas. As the group of Cranford ladies was divided with Miss Matty in the middle, the nineteenth century too was split on the ideas of magic, with some believing in it without any evidence and others questioning it’s validity with the scientific method.


Blogger KKH said...

You're an animal. Check out the instructions, again. Each blog should have two parts. Part one is just your general reaction; part two is the answer to a question (check out "Capt. Hoffman" whose link is just above yours). Don't try to answer all the questions for every week. Just pick two questions. Perhaps this is too much freedom for you....hmm....

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