Defining and Defying Female Stereotypes: A Comparison of Charlotte Temple and Katniss Everdeen

In today’s society, women are frequently thought of as helpless “damsels in distress,” or that they must rely on a man to rescue them from difficult tasks. This stereotype is furthered by television, literature, and Hollywood. An article by Salma Yaqoob speaks of such stereotyping among Muslim women. She says, “The perception of Muslim women … Read moreDefining and Defying Female Stereotypes: A Comparison of Charlotte Temple and Katniss Everdeen

The Haunting of Charlotte Temple

In Susanna Rowson’s novel Charlotte Temple, the main character dies; this spoiler is given immediately at the beginning of the book, leaving no question as to whether Charlotte Temple will thrive on to live a happy life. With a (rather horrific) death undoubtedly present in the story, the potential arises for post-life encounters…especially ones with … Read moreThe Haunting of Charlotte Temple

Democracy’s Threat to Colonial Establishment

The advent of democracy in America brought with it a slue of worries and concerns held by the newly independent colonists. Some felt like the lost, orphaned children of Great Britain while others pondered the uncertain future of the new nation. One of the gravest concerns was the novel threat democracy brought to civic order. … Read moreDemocracy’s Threat to Colonial Establishment

Defining Virtue in Colonial America

The concept of virtue in colonial America was a multi-faceted patchwork of varied attributes and values. Its definition was complex and included a range of expectations from primarily women, who were perceived as the weak point in the social order of the new republic. Society’s most virtuous women were sympathetic, pure, innocent, compliant, domestic, graceful, … Read moreDefining Virtue in Colonial America

Explaining the Success and Popularity of Susanna Rowson’s ‘Charlotte Temple’

In her novel Charlotte: A Tale of Truth, probably better known under the title of Charlotte Temple, Susanna Rowson relates the unfortunate life of a young girl for a specific purpose that she presents in the opening lines of her work, through the following words: “and may, I flatter myself, be of service to some … Read moreExplaining the Success and Popularity of Susanna Rowson’s ‘Charlotte Temple’