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The Epistolary Novel: Lady Mary Wortley

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The clothes they are wearing which usually show their position in the society is being removed to show the equality of every woman inside. Even the aristocracy who belongs to the elite family is inside the hammam enjoying her time away from her husband. Some (especially men) misinterpret her writing about the nude ladies in a hammam. The masculine community thought that it was done by Lady Mary Montagu to please the men. What she wanted to show in this letter are the need of freedom for women during her time and the future.

Arguments about the gender’ s supremacy are still in debate today. However, the women today are given much more freedom as compared to her time before. This epistolary was able to show the reader of Lady Montagu’ s letter that the men and women must be treated equally. In the 18th century, the females are dressed and approached as subordinate to men, which is the message of this letter. As the time goes by  analysis and study about the letter was done and the provisions. Laws are being formulated to protect the rights of the women.

This contribution of Lady Mary Montagu has benefited a large number of women. Lady Mary Montagu as she enters the hammam wears a dress that was described in the letter as the way her husband dresses her. She was being convinced by some of the females there to undress and join them. She was reluctant as she described it in her letter. She wanted to show her reader that she is still respectable no matter what. As observed by Aravamudan she continues by showing the women her undergarments and letting them believe them the work of an overprotective spouse, “ she allows the Turkish women to interpret her cultural limitations, about which she may not want to complain directly” (Aravamudan, 180).

This letter is one of the biggest contributions of Lady Mary Montagu to the medical society. The letter includes proof to show her claim that it is true and correct. The inoculation to heal smallpox has helped a number of people who were influenced by Lady Mary Montagu’ s letter.  

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preview essay on The Epistolary Novel: Lady Mary Wortley
  • Pages: 7 (1750 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: English
  • Level: Undergraduate
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