A New England Nun By Mary E WI


In "A New England Nun", Mary E. Wilkins Freeman depicts the life of the classic New England spinster. The image of a spinster is of an old maid; a woman never married waiting for a man. The woman waiting to be married is restricted in her life. She does chores and receives education to make her more desirable as a wife.
This leads to the allegories used in this short story. The protagonist life paralleled both of her pets' lives, her dog Caesar's and that of her little yellow canary. Both comparisons are of restriction and fear of freedom. The animals and the woman of this story are irreversible tamed by their captivity, and no longer crave freedom. Ideas of sin guilt and atonement are ...

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than the norm in both the animals and the woman of this story. The man's influence is seen as disruptive. Man is seen as a threat to the serenity and security of a spinster's life.
Imagery put forth by this story, and by stereotypes of the day is of the new England spinster. Women who were not married yet, lived a life of chores and piousness. They learned their domestic chores and other things that would make them presentable as a wife. They did gardening work, read literature, mended clothing and the sort. These women were dependent on men to come and take them, to change their lives. Those who were not chosen were called old maids or spinsters. They typically were wealthy enough not work, so they lived a singular existence at their homes. Their homes became prisons. Leaving the home was possible but there was nothing out of their home environment, so they were left with no other choice but to lead their domestic life. The routine of their domestic chores became a part of ...

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years to take Louisa away from her prison, but also would have freed the dog. Joe said " . . . and it's down- right cruel to keep him tied up there. Someday I'm going to take him out." Louisa objects to this fearing the animal nature of the dog that had laid dormantly for fourteen years.

Around the same time as Louisa and Joe became engaged, Caesar bit one of the Ellis's neighbors. He bit the man leaving teeth impressions in the neighbors hand. This man demanded that either the dog be destroyed or to remain tied up. Louisa's brother built the dog house for Caesar, and that is where he has remained since. Caesar in reality was good natured but committed one transgression. He paid for ...

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