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A New England Nun” by Mary Wilkins Freeman creates a woman, who resists the domination of men. Raised in a strict Puritan home, Freeman uses her code of behavior for her character who exhibits godly virtues as honesty and respect for elders. This story employs a third person limited omniscient narrator to follow an important part of Louisa Ellis’s, the protagonist, in her struggle for freedom. Everything is seen through the eyes of Louisa.


Louisa waited for Joe Dagget, her fiancé, to return after searching for his fortune. He has come home to marry her.  However, their relationship is strained because Louisa lacks the emotional clarity to allow Joe into her cloistered life. When Joe went off for just a short time, it turned into fourteen long years. Louisa volunteered to live in her solitary home, but only doing what she liked most. She dedicated herself to the order of her home, and the routine that she followed every day.  

Their relationship has waned, and the lack of...

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