The Tenant of Wildfell Hall | Critical Essay by Lori A. Paige

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
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Critical Essay by Lori A. Paige

SOURCE: “Helen's Diary Freshly Considered,” in Brontë Society Transactions, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1991, pp. 225-27.

In the following essay, Paige maintains that the complex narrative of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall does not mar the integrity of the novel, but rather serves to further Brontë's stated purpose of examining the institution of marriage in Victorian England.

In her second novel,1 Anne Brontë attempts a more complicated structure than the simple autobiographical mode she utilized in Agnes Grey. As anyone who has attempted even a cursory reading of Anne Brontë criticism knows rather too well, the diary device she chose is generally disparaged as a flaw that comes close to ruining the entire novel. George Moore's 1924 pronouncement that the diary cleaved the story into disjointed halves has been...

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