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The roles of male sexual predators in the novels of austen, charlotte and anne brontë, and gaskell

Kuglin, Ayşegül
In this thesis the roles of the sexually preadtory male character in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Elisabeth Gaskell's Ruth and Mary Barton are analyzed, based on the theory of psychiatrist Karen Horney and the reader-response theory of Wolfgang Iser. The hypothesis is that the male sexual predator represents a reflection of the pursued heroine's idealized image, an unrealistically idealized and preferred self-image in Horney's terms, and makes the education and vindication patterns of the novels possible.