Pre- Oedipal Lucy Snowe: Isis Unbound Over Castrated Male Body

Onur Ekler


Villette written by Charlotte Bronte is a journey of a woman called Lucy who absolves her ‘self’ of the representation of the Victorian ideals, which patriarchal authority always wished to impose on the woman in 19th century. This paper attempts to show the reader how Charlotte Bronte achieves to create pre- Oedipal female identity and the necessity of the physical or metaphorical death of the patriarch for the revolutionary change in woman’s social, economical standing in Victorian period. I will attempt to prove my argument in this paper basing a mythical analogy to Isis- Osiris myth and Nina Baym’s famous article The Madwoman and Her Languages.

Keywords: Pre- Oedipal, Bronte, Female, Isis, Victorian Age, Castration


Pre- Oedipal, Bronte, Female, Isis, Victorian Age, Castration

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