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Is Female Authority Undermined in the Conclusion?

After finishing She and thinking back to some of our class discussions concerning Ayesha’s role as a terrifying and unstoppable female ruler, I am unsure of where I stand in regards to Haggard’s relationship with female empowerment.  Ayesha is feared … Continue reading

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Life and Death

As one would expect with a book entitled She, gender roles is an important theme throughout the story. In the last section of reading, Leo, Holly, Job, and Ayesha penetrate “the very womb of the world” (245). Ayesha says, “prepare … Continue reading

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A Praise of Female Inferiority, or an Inspiration for Female Rule?

When H. Rider Haggard published She in 1887, Queen Victoria had ruled England for fifty years, and would go on to rule it for thirteen more, making her the longest reigning female monarch in the world and the longest reigning … Continue reading

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Rachel: a portrait of a “modern” woman?

As the Betteredges’s narrative progresses, I was particularly struck by the portait of Miss Rachel and her marriage plot of the two suitors. Our narrator describes her first as “difficult […] to fathom” and then presents many of her characteristics … Continue reading

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