Thursday, February 7, 2019
19th Century Women :: Victorian Era
Purpose Statement This paper will describe the role of women in society during the Victorian Era and present virtually real life examples from the Womens Diaries of the Westward Journey of 19th century women fareers their roles and at times having the those roles challenged by the difficulty of the leash.19th-Century WomenWomen in the nineteenth century, for the intimately part, had to follow the common role presented to them by society. This role can be summed up by what historians call the cult of domesticity. The McGuffey Readers does a successful task at illustrating the womens role in society. Women that took part in the overland trail as described in Womens Diaries of the Westward Journey had to try to follow these roles while facing many challenges that made it very difficult to do so.One of the most common expectations for women then is that they are responsible for doing the project of well-defineding whether it is cleaning the house, doing the laundry. The McGuffey Readers mentions the womens duty to clean in a six-fold places. In this handbook it gives clear directions to the woman on what she is to do when cleaning, This rite completed, and the house thoroughly evacuated, the next operation is to smear the wall and ceilings with brushes dunk into a solution of lime (Gorn 111). The book explains how it is the womens job to thoroughly clean the house once a year in a elan that sounds very laborious It further states, The misfortune is, that the sole object is to start things clean (Gorn 112). In this part of the book it is very clear that it is proverb that the womans duty is to clean. In Womens Diaries of the Westward Journey it illustrates this in a touch of passages. For example, one woman wrote in her diary, Oh Horrors how shall I express it it is the dreaded slipstream day . . . but washing must be done and procrastination wont do it for me (Schlissel 83). Although this woman obviously did not like doing the washing she see it a s her job to do. In addition, the book describes this scene, The banks of a river would be lined with women who carried their kettles, their washtubs, and piles of unwashed linen (Schlissel 82). Again, it is the women who are doing the cleaning. The McGuffey Readers being the handbook that offspring girls would read in school taught them that it was their place to do the cleaning.