The Representation of Doubling Identities in the British and Polish Women’s Literature (1846–1938)
Chapter VI: The Role of Fathers
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The Role of Fathers
1. Fear of Feminine Sexuality
One of the presuppositions underlying this book can be formulated in the following way: in the texts analysed the mother–figures are involved in a conflict with the father–figures, and this conflict oscillates around the problem of feminine sexuality. Let us begin with an interrogation of the theme in Jane Eye and Rebecca. On the one hand, Edward Rochester wants Jane to become his second wife, because she is Bertha Mason’s polar opposite. He is not interested in the flirtatious Blanche Ingram. He ties his first wife with a cord and compares her with the protagonist:
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