Murderous Mother: Historical Context and Madame Villefort of "The Count of Monte Cristo"

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Lauren Watson (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Amanda Wray

Abstract: Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Mote Cristo" is rooted in the historical, political, and social moments of the Victorian era, particularly those pertaining to gender, race, and class, with characters struggling with their identities in a changing society. In this paper, the author examines how Dumas uses the character of Mde. Villefort to comment on the cult of domesticity as she tries to reconcile two conflicting social roles, while under the limitations of gendered social norms.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
gender roles ; social norms, Alexandre Dumas ; domesticity

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