What is the main conflict of the novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë, and how is it resolved?
The major conflict is the happiness of Helen and her son Arthur. Having married foolishly, under the mistaken notion that a woman's love can compensate for a man's wrong intent, she finds herself torn between watching her husband mistreat their young son and running away with their child. During that time period, the law gave the man sole rights to his wife and children. For Helen to run away with their son was a dangerous double breach of the law. To survive as fugitives in the home that she had shared with her brother in their childhood, Wildfell Hall, Helen has to live in cautious secrecy. Nosy and gossipy, opinionated neighbors don't help this goal very much!
‘But, my dear, I call that doting,’ said my plain-spoken parent....
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