Friday, February 1, 2019

Mockery of Victorian Values in Hechts Parody, Dover Beach :: Dover Beach

Hechts parody Dover Bitch is a derision of blue(a) values shown in DoverBeach, as well as those of his own period. Hecht candidly exaggerates thespeech, cerebrations and symbols in Dover Beach.. The first evidence of Hechts mockery is of  speech at the beginning when hewrites There stood Matthew Arnold and his girl......All over, etc., etc.. Hetake the soft calming words of Arnold and gives them a harsh sassy Jersey accent.His representation of  an educated woman sets the reader up to destine that thewoman will non sit quietly and be told what to do by her husband. But when shesaid one or two unprintable things he  took away her right to speak. Thusplunging  her  back to Arnolds Victorian miscellany that women should sitquietly and ingest her husbands opinions. This might also symbolize thefeministic movements of the archeozoic sixties. Hechts view might have been thatwomen could have equality to men, but its not important enough to let them talkabout it. His display of loyalty in the womens unfaithfulness is also areaction to the Victorian idea that the wife should be there for her husband. Itcould also be a shuddery reality in Hechts mind that times were changing and womenwouuld not be at every beaconing call of their husband.  Hecht reinforces hisIdeas of change by taking Arnolds ...the cliffs of England stand, gleamingand vast and transforms the Victorian idea of women into ...cliffs of Englandcrumbling away behind them,. This supports the idea that Hecht is conscious(predicate) of thechanges that are happening and he is envious of the way things used to be.

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