Lady of Shallot

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The Lady of Shalott “The greatest social difficulty in England today is the relationship between men and women” (NAEL, 1719). These words express awareness and the beginning of a change in the Victorian period. The role of the woman began its change throughout this period. Such changes seemed to only take place in the middle class. These changes caused many to question the role of the woman in society, thus the “woman question” evolved. The woman …

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…it is a threat to social order. There are both traditional and radical thoughts represented in “The Lady of Shalott”. These thoughts come together and form a middle ground that many Victorians found themselves standing on. This mediation is the sole basis of the “Woman Question”. Work Cited Hougton, Walter E. The Victorian Frame of Mind 1830-1870. New Haven: Yale University Press,1957. Reddy, Maureen. “Sex, sexuality, and culture: not ‘the other’ Victorians” College Literature 22 (1995): 159-64.