Wifeliness


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Wifeliness

See also Domesticity.
Amoret
Sir Scudamore’s wife; loving and ever-devoted. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Arundhati
example of the ideal Hindu wife. [Hindu Legend: Benét, 56]
Billy Boy
question-and-answer ballad pointing up merits of possible bride. [Br. and Am. Folklore: Leach, 139]
Martha
personification of the busy housekeeper. [N.T.: Luke 10:39]
Penelope
a model of wifely virtue. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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If Freud (1986) is right, the Oedipal complex dominates the gender archetype most of us inherit, but if the mother's self-image is not independent of the wider social image of motherhood, wifeliness, and so on, then neither is the son's image of his mother.
Matto de Turner reflects the progressive ideology of her time, which defends women's ability to reason and act independently, while still maintaining wifeliness and motherhood as primary feminine roles.
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