A Study of a Female Character in a Male Dominated World in Margaret Drabble’s The Millstone

This is a study of female characters in the novels of Margaret Drabble, focused mainly on what they have to say about the condition of women in our contemporary society. The author being English, and her stories taking place in Britain from the 1960's onwards, it has been considered relevant to start with an appraisal of British society and of the way it has evolved in recent years. Many of the points we make in a sober and descriptive manner have been taken up in a literary fashion by our author. This chapter reviews how feminist issues have been approached in England and tries to place Margaret Drabble in a perspective amongst contemporary women writers. Then follows a detailed study of the female character of Rosamund. A complete resume of the book would have taken too much space, while the windings and sinuosities of the stories are either sufficiently known or apt to be deduced from the references made in the text. Emphasis, therefore, has been placed on those salient passages pertinent to our study. The conclusions are offered as a synthesis of our reading and personal interpretation of Margaret Drabble's message. They formulate what we consider to be her views on the women question, while making allowance for parallel or complementary issues. A judgement of Margaret Drabble as a feminist closes our study
Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi


Nineteenth-century women’s place in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Thomas Hardy’s the return of the native and tess of the d’urbervilles
Sünbül, Çiçek; İçöz, Nursel; Department of English Literature (2011)
This thesis proposes to demonstrate the representation of women in the 19th-century fiction through an analysis of the characters in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The study starts with an outline of the intellectual and industrial transformations shaping women’s position in the 19th century in addition to the already existing prejudices about men’s and women’s roles in the society. The decision of marriage and its consequences are place...
The Construction of female identity in Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Grace of Mary Traverse and The Break of Day
Öztürk, Gülüzar; Çileli, Fatma Meral; Department of Foreign Language Education (2012)
This thesis aims to analyse the construction of female identity from the beginning of the feminist activism in Victorian era whose rationale was formed during the eighteenth century, to the contemporary times in terms of patriarchy and motherhood in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Grace of Mary Traverse and The Break of Day. This study is conducted with the historical development of the feminist movement that has had different agendas at different periods of history being taken into account. Fighting for women...
The constitution of the female subject in Emma and the proud woman (Mağrur Kadin)
Alparslan, Ebru Didem; Çileli, Fatma Meral; Department of Media and Cultural Studies (2012)
The main aim of this thesis is to analyze the constitution of the female subjectivity in the novels, Emma by Jane Austen and The Proud Woman (Mağrur Kadın) by Muazzez Tahsin Berkand, through the discourse of romance and within the discursive features of the narratives reflecting their time and cultures. The reflections of modernity are also analyzed in both texts in relation to the life styles and the representations of the male and female characters. This thesis deals with the issue of romance and romantic...
Ambivalence in Victorian women’s writing: Ellen Wood’s East Lynne, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, Margaret Oliphant’s Hester
Coşar Çelik, Seda; Yıldız Bağçe, Hülya; İçöz, Nursel; Department of English Literature (2014)
The simultaneous rise of Victorian women’s movement and the dominance of female authorship and readership in the nineteenth century prompted scholars of Victorian literature to interpret women’s novels as fictional examples of Victorian feminism or anti-feminism. Yet, this study stresses the ambivalent nature of women’s fiction by paying attention to the contradiction between the feminist and subversive content in women’s texts and their anti-feminist and disciplinary treatment. Exemplary underread novels f...
Myths of oppression revisited in Cherrie Moraga and Liz Lochhead's plays
Bilgin Tekin, İnci; Çileli, Fatma Meral; Department of English Literature (2010)
This study examines codes of oppression reflected in western myths and further analyzes the ways these myths are revisited in two contemporary British and American women playwrights', Liz Lochhead and Cherrie Moraga's, dramatic adaptations and rewritings. In this respect a postcolonial feminist approach and a comparative perspective are adopted in rereading signs of gender, ethnic or racial and hierarchical oppression through the challenging and revolutionary, feminist and Scottish, lesbian and Chicana repr...
Citation Formats
D. Alpakın Martınez Caro, “A Study of a Female Character in a Male Dominated World in Margaret Drabble’s The Millstone,” Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi, pp. 14–23, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/71584.