Presentation Title

A Woman's Spirit

Date

5-7-2020

Description

John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was an immensely popular novel that played an important role in Louisa's education and is often referenced in her own popular novel Little Women. Both novels aspire to teach their readers how to be good Christians with high morals and few desires through their characters whom they humanize through faults and improper actions, Bunyan mostly from the male gaze and Alcott through the female. But it is the author's treatment of their female characters and their actions that has garnered my attention. Using both texts, a variety of literary criticism, and biographical texts; this essay comparatively examines the relationship, motivations and techniques employed by Bunyan and Alcott to examine and define feminine spirituality and morality by focusing on the characters Christiana and Marmee. By examining these women, this reader hopes to discover another, possibly overlooked, teaching that these authors were trying to impart.

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May 7th, 12:00 AM

A Woman's Spirit

John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress was an immensely popular novel that played an important role in Louisa's education and is often referenced in her own popular novel Little Women. Both novels aspire to teach their readers how to be good Christians with high morals and few desires through their characters whom they humanize through faults and improper actions, Bunyan mostly from the male gaze and Alcott through the female. But it is the author's treatment of their female characters and their actions that has garnered my attention. Using both texts, a variety of literary criticism, and biographical texts; this essay comparatively examines the relationship, motivations and techniques employed by Bunyan and Alcott to examine and define feminine spirituality and morality by focusing on the characters Christiana and Marmee. By examining these women, this reader hopes to discover another, possibly overlooked, teaching that these authors were trying to impart.