Independent Assignment 7/1/21

The following are three strong response papers that students submitted for A Room with A View:

ENG 4440 Model Response Paper #1

ENG 4440 Model Response Paper #2

ENG 4440 Model Response Paper #3

Read all three of them. Choose one excerpt (1-2 sentences) from one of the papers that you think is particularly effective. Quote it in the comment section and in a sentence or two explain why you think it is effective.

13 thoughts on “Independent Assignment 7/1/21

  1. I choose response paper 2. The excerpt I have chosen to mention is the second paragraph of this paper.

    “The idea that Kennard is presenting within this article assumes there are only two kinds of women, the trapped housewife and the rebellious spinster. This in turn dehumanizes the female sex even further by removing all nuance from women. ”

    I really like the analysis of Kennards harmful ideology in the article and how it categorizes women. Thinking that women only can fall into a “trapped housewife” and “rebellious spinster” feeds more in the patriarchy.

  2. “If real life women cannot escape this conundrum, a heroine who rises above might become unrelatable to them. I daresay, the fact that these novels present such an ideal and romantic right suitor at all, is what preserves their statuses as forms of escapism in the minds of readers.” (Response paper #3).

    I think this is an effective argument because it presents us with a third possibility for understanding A Room With a View. I like that this response gives a direct comparison to real life rather than strategy of the scholarly article, which seems to compare the novel to an ideal reality.

  3. “Even in modern times with all the personal freedoms afforded to women (mainly in western societies),everyday women face the same issue of the wrong suitor vs. the right suitor, (or perhaps no suitor at all who might interfere with their ambitions!) and how these choices can affect their present and future.”

    I think this point gets driven home clearer when it is presented to the reader contemporarily. In this case women are still facing unwanted suiters in society today.

  4. I chose response paper #2 which reads: “Using Doris Lessing’s novel, A Proper Marriage, Kennard develops a wildly biased thesis that 20th century novels, such as A Room With a View, are solely defining women through their relationships. Apparently, Kennard thinks a woman can’t have it all.” I think this line is effective because it draws a clear argument to the thesis while summarizing Kennard’s view. I think the authors statement that the thesis is “biased” is accurate because Kennard does seem to lean towards a definition of feminism that is mutually exclusive against happily married women.

  5. Response paper #1: Ultimately, Kennard suggests that authors such as E. M. Forster writes in limited conditions that result in limited explorations of women’s experience, questioning how different Lucy would be if she had left her home and lived life truly independently.

    It’s effective in explaining how Forster’s way of writing is narrow. He is writing in what he thinks he knows of women but not truly understanding women. Every exploration leads to a new discovery, maybe that is what Forster needs.

  6. Response Paper 1: “While it may seem this book offers a women’s successful experiences at maturing on the surface, many critiques argue that E.M. Forester falls short as Lucy’s identity is dependent on her love interest.”

    Why I think it’s effective?: At a high level it does seem that Lucy’s aim in life is to be an independent women. However, most of Lucy’s travel focus around George, Cecil or both at the same time. The larger dramas carried on by Lucy have to do with either of the two men. For example, keeping the kiss she had with George a secret or the societal pressure of being with Cecil since he is the “perfect man”. Even towards the end of the book, Lucy chooses to be with George rather than go to Greece with the women she met.

  7. Response Paper 2
    “If the goal of feminism is to allow women to possess agency over themselves and their own lives, which the novels under scrutiny here exemplify, then criticizing novels for allowing their feminist protagonists to genuinely fall in love and choose marriage (instead of having it undesirably thrust upon them) is just as bad as the patriarchal societies that they are frustrated with. Both ideologies scrutinize a woman’s say in her own life. The idea that Kennard is presenting within this article assumes there are only two kinds
    of women, the trapped housewife and the rebellious spinster.” I find these few sentences to be very powerful and unique. It is easy when reading articles to take side with the author or comprehend the message on the surface without questioning it. These sentences convey a heavy analysis of Kennard’s argument and clearly articulates the contradiction Kennard presents. This student makes a good point that Kennard evidently is limited in her identification of women and categorizes them through marriage, making her argument defective.

  8. “This article is severely problematic as it creates a harmful binary for women, which is:either be liberated and turn away all notions of romantic love with men, or allow yourself to fallin love and be complacent within the patriarchy. If the goal of feminism is to allow women to possess agency over themselves and their own lives, which the novels under scrutiny here exemplify, then criticizing novels for allowing their feminist protagonists to genuinely fall in love and choose marriage . . . ” (Response 2)

    The writer makes a great point by stating the irony of how many of these novelists encourage feminism but create a story where their main protagonist follows the story of a typical women felling in love and getting married. They also portray how these novels only show the females lives being controlled by marriage and love.

  9. “This article is severely problematic as it creates a harmful binary for women, which is: either be liberated and turn away all notions of romantic love with men, or allow yourself to fall in love and be complacent within the patriarchy.”-Response Paper #2

    The writer gives two options that seems to be the most reasonable during the time period of the novel. Women either fall in love and doesn’t care about anything else or isolate themselves from anything “romantic” related.

  10. paper 2

    “This article is severely problematic as it creates a harmful binary for women, which is: either be liberated and turn away all notions of romantic love with men, or allow yourself to fall in love and be complacent within the patriarchy. “

    It concludes the argument that Kennard was made is unreasonable and problematic. To put it another way, the writer disagrees with Kennard’s point of view and argues that a woman’s choice of marriage/love/life can be based on her inner thoughts, and it is not limited to the standards imposed by society.

  11. “ The idea that Kennard is presenting within this article assumes there are only two kinds of women, the trapped housewife and the rebellious spinster.” (Model Response Paper #2)

    I used the same article for my paper but I didn’t even come close to noticing Kennard’s harmful binaries. I also love the verbiage : trapped housewife, much more powerful than “content” or “simple”, and “rebellious” spinster, a verb that contradicts the mundane title given to these kinds of women by society.

  12. Response Paper #1
    “As Kennard suggests, “Lucy has not become a new person, certainly not her own person… To mature is to become oneself, but Lucy has not become herself; she has become George” (26). Social conventions thwart Lucy’s self-discovery, and her identity is bound to her marriage, if not for her title as a wife, then her relationship with the “perfect” man. She assumes George’s identity in a sense, by adapting to his ideas and even regurgitating them.”

    This is a great example of how women continue to be defined by their relationships to men, even in a novel which claims to want independent thought for its heroine.

  13. “Essentially, Kennard argues that authors such as E.M Forster, and consequently female characters, are confined to the social conventions of their time, therefore suppressing the potential for the female experience to be explored outside of male relationships. Kennard believes one major fallacy within A Room With a View is Lucy’s desire to reject the “medieval lady” and all limitations that come with embodying her” (Essay #1)

    I found this to be the most catching because it is a very accurate statement about how E. M. Forsters focus on a females experience in the Victorian era, and how their voices or ‘social conventions’ were limited because of others around her. Though she(Lucy) is compliant with her role in the novel, she is never the less giving the reader the idea that she is following, not leading herself.

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