Ruth Hall and Other Writings Themes

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Economic Independence

One of the main themes of Ruth Hall is economic independence. Ruth is left destitute when her husband dies. She has two young daughters to care for and no means to make a living. Her cruel family members refuse to offer help, and Ruth finds out quickly that she must find a route to economic independence, or she and her children will starve.

Economic independence means survival, but it also signifies freedom from the constraints of 19th century society. If she is dependent on a husband for financial support, she cannot do what she chooses with her life. If she is dependent on a family member for financial support, then she has to endure their ridicule. In the case of Dr. and Mrs. Hall, Ruth loses a child because of her lack of economic independence. They believe they have a legal right to steal Ruth's child if...

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