The Woman in Black

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Explore how the writer creates sympathy for the woman in black in the novel of the same name.
The first way the writer creates sympathy for the Woman in Black (TWIB) is by not giving her an actual name. The fact that she is known as ‘Woman’ could suggest that she is representing all women in the Victorian days that were going through similar situations as she was when she was alive. This could link to how the females were known as the weaker sex compared to men because they had less power. It was irrelevant if they were rich or poor because they didn’t have any choice with how they lived/were treated. TWIB is that uncared for, she isn’t seen important enough to have a name. This could link to her being voiceless because if she doesn’t even have a name, why would her thoughts and opinions be relevant? By having such little power TWIB may feel angry and hateful towards men because they’re the ones who give her little knowledge of existence. She may feel as if she has no choice but to stay quiet seen as they wouldn’t listen to her anyways. The reader would feel sympathy for her because it makes them wonder what has happened to the woman in black to make her feel that way about having her own voice and opinion on things.They may not mention her real name because they’re too fearful that she might appear. This implies that she may not be speaking because she is hiding a dark secret that she doesn’t want anyone to know about. The word ‘black’ also suggests darkness meaning she may be extremely upset and lonely which most women were in that period of time due to the lack of emotional support and help from families.
The Woman in Black is first seen at Mrs Drablow’s funeral. “I…caught a glimpse of another mourner, a woman”I think the writer wants us to feel sympathy for her because she is clearly grieving for a lost or loved one.The fact that she is alone could suggest that…...

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