The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White

Female Rebellion in The Woman in White I feel there are numerous examples of how Marian displays episodes of female rebellion in The Woman in White, but how does Laura exhibit this behaviour?...

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins may not be the first detective novel ever written, chronologically, but it is certainly one of the earliest. The earliest Western mystery novel is probably E....

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016, 3:05 am (UTC)

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Marian Halcombe is Laura's half-sister on her mother's side. Her mother gave birth to Marian from Mr. Halcombe, who gave her his family name, and when he died she remarried Mr. Fairlie, who...

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While not very assertive, Laura, as stated above, refuses to sign over her money to her husband. The dying Anne, the woman in white, rebels and shows agency when she writes to Laura that Sir...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2017, 12:43 pm (UTC)

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Laura's mother actually isn't given a name in the novel. She is simply identified by her relationship to Philip Fairlie: that is, as Mrs. Fairlie. As the founder of the Limmeridge School, one of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 10:03 am (UTC)

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In many ways, the origin of the detective novel overlaps with a genre known as the "sensation" novel. This was a genre of popular writing in the Victorian period that was intensely plot driven,...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016, 12:37 am (UTC)

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The most important event in a novel, of course, is subjective; it is what most affects the reader. There are a few events, however, in The Woman in White which stand in high relief, because they...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009, 10:18 am (UTC)

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There are many ways in which Victorian society is important in understanding the novel The Woman in White. First, while the story is primarily a mystery, it also has Gothic or sensational...

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was published in 1859, and is often considered one of the earliest mystery or detective novels, although it is also classified as a "sensation novel". It shared...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2015, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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Both Gustave Flaubert, in Madame Bovary, and Wilkie Collins in The Woman in White depict conditions of confinement involving female characters. While Collins’ novel involves physical confinement,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2015, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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The majority of this book is taken up with a plot of conflict -- particularly a veiled and very tense conflict between Laura Fairlie, Marian Halcombe, and Walter Hartright on the one hand, and Sir...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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