Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth GaskellSet in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new step-sister enters Mollys quiet life – loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society. No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority, writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition, in which she explores the novels main themes – the role of women, Darwinism and the concept of Englishness – and its literary and social context.
Wives and Daughters
The relationship that the siblings have is an important and natural extension of our discussion about the relationship between parents and children. I also touched on the concept of power a bit in my analysis of Mrs. Gibson in my previous episode. Today, we pick back up with Squire Hamley, not to discuss his parenting style, but to examine the way in which he carries his power. Squire Hamley does not realize the amount of authority he carries. This combined with his intemperate character means that he creates unintended effects wherever he goes, and most of them are disruptive. Particularly in the amount of influence he has over Osbourne, not merely as his father but as the patriarch of the illustrious Hamley family, he wields his power in a slap-dash fashion.
This extreme incest is abhorrent to the Night's Watch as well as other wildlings, and is not remotely tolerable in wildling culture. Still, because he is one of the few homesteaders willing to give news and shelter to scouts of the Night's Watch, they begrudgingly endure his behavior. To prepare Hannah Murray for her role as Gilly, executive producers Benioff and Weiss advised her to read up on the case of Austrian Josef Fritzl , who was sentenced to life imprisonment in after keeping his daughter captive for 24 years, during which time he fathered seven children with her. Morag was conceived of as the "prime wife" of Craster, the first of his daughters who became his wife, and this angle affected how the character was written. Some of his wives are also his daughters.
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The story is about Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor living in a provincial English town in the s. The novel opens with young Molly Gibson, who has been raised by her widowed father, Dr. During a visit to the local aristocratic 'great house' of Lord and Lady Cumnor, Molly loses her way in the estate and falls asleep under a tree. Lady Cuxhaven one of the daughters of the house and Mrs. Kirkpatrick an ex-governess to the Cumnor children find Molly in her slumbering state and Molly is put to bed in Mrs. Kirkpatrick's room.