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Posted November 7, by kwalley in Uncategorized. Tagged: circumstance , gender , gender-roles , Harriet Prescott Spofford , nature , wilderness. The female protagonist is attacked in the wilderness by a savage beast and is eventually saved by her husband. The protagonist and her husband both experience nature in an entirely different way, while they both conquer nature they do it in entirely different ways.
The protagonist first falls victim to the perils of the wilderness at the hands of a vicious beast; however, rather than succumb to the hopelessness of her situation she acts in the only way she knows how, she sings. On the other end of the spectrum is the strong, cold man who brutishly subdues nature. The husband experiences nature as a conqueror, one that gives little heed to his actions and their consequences.
The ramifications of an outlook like this are seen in the end of the story upon the discovery of their ravaged home and murdered neighbors.
Ultimately it is the method in which men and women view and react to nature that defines the characters of this story. The man represents society as a whole and its blatant disregard for wilderness. The woman symbolizes the unity that humans can have with nature. Though she was unable to definitively save herself there was the ability to exist for a short time with wilderness. There are many ways to react and there is no argument for which is right, simply a story that demonstrates the differences.
Spofford, Harriet Prescott. The Amber Gods and Other Stories. Rutgers University Press Posted by schalifour on November 10, at pm. I agree that while ultimately saved by her husband the female protagonist challenges the damsel in distress stereotype.
Another way in which she challenges the typical female gender role of their place being in the home is that her husband was home taking care of the child and she was out using her skills to help an ill neighbor. The Indian Devil can represent males and how they restrain women from accomplishing everything they are capable of doing. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Like this: Like Loading Posted by brightgirl04 on November 10, at pm.
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The imaginative power and feminism of Harriet Prescott Spofford
It was published serially in The Atlantic Monthly in The story takes place in the woods of Maine with an unnamed protagonist who walks home after caring for a sick neighbor. She ventures into the woods, where she comes in contact with the Indian Devil who assaults her throughout the story, but in this life-and-death situation she realizes her reality and religion and comes to terms with her life, sexuality, and fears. By the end of the story, her husband shoots the Devil with his shotgun in one hand and their baby in the other while the " true Indian Devils " destroy their home and town. An unnamed woman travels back to her home after caring for an ill neighbor in Maine and notices a white apparition floating in the air that sighs, " The Lord have mercy on the people!
Students need to develop an appreciation for "domestic imagery"-- symbols and images drawn from female experience but used to represent universal values. In addition, they also should become aware of the transitional elements from romance to realism evident in the writings of Spofford and her contemporaries. To address these issues, show contemporary appreciation of Spofford in better known authors such as Dickinson and Whittier. Help students discern the patterns of imagery so that they do not dismiss individual images as "popular" or "sentimental. By basing "Circumstance" on an incident in the life of her maternal great-grandmother, Spofford shifts time and place to enter Hawthorne's "neutral territory,. In doing so, she reflects the female consciousness that personal events--events recorded orally and handed down from mother to daughter--define human history perhaps more accurately than official records. In these records she finds a circumstance that can embody female and human experience in finite and infinite terms.
Circumstance (short story)
Posted November 7, by kwalley in Uncategorized. Tagged: circumstance , gender , gender-roles , Harriet Prescott Spofford , nature , wilderness. The female protagonist is attacked in the wilderness by a savage beast and is eventually saved by her husband. The protagonist and her husband both experience nature in an entirely different way, while they both conquer nature they do it in entirely different ways. The protagonist first falls victim to the perils of the wilderness at the hands of a vicious beast; however, rather than succumb to the hopelessness of her situation she acts in the only way she knows how, she sings. On the other end of the spectrum is the strong, cold man who brutishly subdues nature.
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