The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

In our literature class, we had to answer some questions in our blogs about the story we read “The Lady in the Looking Glass”. I did this assignment with Vignesh Manwani. After that Pato told us to find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story. I did the second task individually.

Questions: Group work (Done with Vignesh Manwani)

 

Picture of a room and a garden: Individual work

In order to illustrate the house in the story I chose the following picture. I chose it because it has antique wooden furniture and because of the fact that the dinning room matches with the “Italian glass” which has a “marbled topped table opposite” it and it reflects a garden beyond with “a long grass path leading between banks of tall flowers”. The only thing that the picture does not provide, is the constant movement the room in the story has. However, we can image chaos and intranquility in this picture.

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The story is related with this text since Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar and Virginia Woolf were all feminist literature writers. Over 1980 women writers were badly seen and they were discriminated by men writers for their work. What they have in common is that they fought for their rights in both their poetic identity and in their role in life rights. Virginia argued that women should kill the “angel” and the “monster” topology on her storys in order to end with the masks invented for women. We can see this in the story as the Isabella at the beginning of the story, the one who only shows her appearance, is dead, as that is not reality. At the same time, the Isabella at the end of the story is almost also killed as she is dead laive for not  having feelings or thoughts. So Virginia applies to the story her ideas of how woman must behave in order to make themselves be respected by men in their day to day life and in their literature works.