Ruth (BookRags) OverviewElizabeth Gaskell’s 1853 novel, Ruth, tells the story of a fallen woman (a woman who has had premarital sex) and aims to prove to her Victorian readers that, as one character states, “not every woman who has fallen is depraved” (350). As a Victorian Social Problem Novel, Ruth has a clear moral purpose and the goal of telling a story that will elicit sympathy and incite social change. Thematically, Ruth aims to prove to readers that fallen women are victims of their circumstances and deserve a second chance. By following Ruth from her tragic childhood, through the unfortunate and largely unavoidable chain of events that led to her “fall,” and subsequently to her redemption, Gaskell attempts to show readers how even a pure and innocent young woman can be lead astray and many can be redeemed.
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Project Gutenberg eBooks (1)
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THE DRESSMAKER’S APPRENTICE AT WORK
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Elizabeth Gaskell Biographies (5)
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A recent review of Mrs. Gaskell's critical reputation divided her critics into three camps. One group, now fading, still treats her mainly as the author of Cranford (1853). A second emphasizes her "so...
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Upon hearing of the death of her friend Charlotte Brontë on 31 March 1855, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell wrote, "I loved her dearly, more than I think she knew. I shall never cease to be thankful th...
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For some critics Elizabeth Gaskell was a conventional, middle-class Victorian wife and mother who accepted the values of her world and who also happened to write books--a feminine dove among literary ...
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The English author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) wrote sociological novels that explored the ills of industrial England and novels of small-town life that are penetrating studies of character.Elizabet...
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Biography EssayA recent review of Mrs. Gaskell's critical reputation divided her critics into three camps. One group, now fading, still treats her mainly as the author of Cranford (1853). A second em...