A Time Of Prosperous Change

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A Time Of Prosperous Change


A Time of Prosperous Change
In the early nineteen hundreds when women used to be treated as objects who were only good
for cooking and cleaning. These women were expected to stay home and do nothing but take
care of the children. Authors were rarely women .Now in the present day a women is thought
of as having a mind of her own. She is thought of as a independent, an individual who has
a peace of mind of her own who is allowed to work and make a living as she pleases. Even
we don't think of Weldon every time someone mentions a popular contemporary author we know
she deserves to be mentioned. Both in the Critical Survey of Long Fiction and in Love and
Marriage in the Novels of Anita Brookner and Fay Weldon Weldon is mentioned with great
honor and respect. Anna Ericson uses more past situations in Fay Weldon's own life while
contrasting her to Anita Brookner while in contrast the Critical Survey of Long Fiction
criticizes the works without much comparison to others. Both the Magill and Anna Ericson
have strong points on a women's individualism but Anna Ericson proves Weldon's choice of
personality for the main character was one reflecting Weldon's own thoughts and morals.

In the The Life and Loves of a She Devil Ruth is a character who is well developed who one
can feel one with because of the fact that the author creates great depth to her as a
character. In the Critical Survey of Long Fiction the author states that "In her fiction,


Fay Weldon explores women's lives with wit and humor. She is caustic in her implicit
condemnation of injustice but avoids preaching by characters say and what they do"(Magill
3474). On the other hand Ericson has more of a formula to Weldon's novels unlike the
Critical Survey of Long Fiction. "The Weldon narrator is usually omniscient; she is wise,
sad and cynical"(Ericson 1). which shows that the characters must be well developed to
have such a personified personality. Magill rarely states how Ruth's personality had come
about in The Life and Loves of a She Devil.

Love was not an issue to Weldon when writing this novel this may be due to the lack of
love in her very own life. Love was never thought of importance in the Critical Survey of
Long Fiction. On the other hand in Love and Marriage in the Novels of Anita Brookner and
Fay Weldon Ericson uses the subject of lack of love as the focus of his theories and that
Weldon was a unwed mother who had to deal with the pressures of having a child instead of
receiving love from his father. Even though Weldon wed eventually she later learned of
what love was which gave her the experience to right about such a unloved character.
Magill on the other hand focuses on their married relationship rather that the lack of
love from Ruth and Bobo's relationship " The plot tells the story of a middle-class,
suburban housewife, Ruth......."(Magill 3474).

Weldon always makes the heroine hidden or makes her in hiding so the reader has to figure
out for themselves which is being done. Ericson states "The general Weldon heroine is not
so easily described"(Ericson 2). In The Life and Loves of a She Devil
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