Hi Limor, Thanks for your post! I think it’s very interesting: you start out in your intro by framing the argument thusly: “the image of women was portrayed as only having one “right way” of life which was being in love, getting married and conceiving children.” (And, by the way, I love the creative statistic on the women to men ratio as an opener.) But you don’t really go on to argue what you say you will argue; in a way, you argue the opposite: than men buy into the notion of marital convention as the only way to go and they suffer for it. I see this argument with Ivan–but you don’t really say much about the women in that piece–his wife, her wants and motivations, etc. In Keats’ poem, I think your analysis is very good–yet I’m not sure the knight is seduced by the hope for marriage; he’s more seduced by an intoxicating, other-worldly beauty of the woman. But she, it turns out, doesn’t seem to be at all obsessed with marriage; she seems to have a track record of abandoning men–she’s “without mercy.” What would you make of this, in terms of your original stated argument? She;s a really intriguing figure, that one!
Ambrose, thanks for this interesting post. I like all the angles you take on your topic, referencing facts from the larger context to get at your works of literature. IT gives your essay a broader, and more broadly interesting, scope. I’s love to see you explore a little more how Baudelaire yokes together life (the womb, the female lover) and death, and to what effect. It’s not just about mocking women, I think (It’s a bit of a stretch to move Baudelaire from mocking the Petrarchan ideal of feminine beauty to mocking women in general. Your reading of “Lady” is also interestingly contextualized in Chekhov’s comments on the role of the artist and is quite interesting.