Emily Dickinson - Society

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    • Calvinism - inner conflict
      • Rejection
        • #303: 'The Soul selects her own Society'
          • Doesn't believe she's one of the elect
          • 'her' - soul is given a gender, is Dickinson referring to herself?
        • #303: 'To her divine majority'
          • 'her' - soul is given a gender, is Dickinson referring to herself?
          • 'divine' - link to religion, soul is divine
      • Accepts
        • #303: 'The Soul selects her own Society'
          • 'selects' - link to Calvinism, you're chosen, there's not a physical choice
      • References
        • #303: 'To her divine majority'
          • 'divine' - link to religion, soul is divine
        • #303: 'Like Stone'
          • Stone is unchanging, links to presentation of the soul as unchanging, is she describing society as unchanging too?
          • Reference to Jesus in the tomb, the Stone was pushed in front, but Jesus got out - so perhaps there's space for these societal pressures to change
      • Compares herself to Jesus / God
        • #1737: 'None suspect me of the crown,'
          • Jesus' crown of thorns
          • Nobody thought that Jesus was the Son of God
            • Nobody believed that Dickinson was a good poet - perhaps because of her gender?
          • Nobody believed that Dickinson was a good poet - perhaps because of her gender?
    • Gender
      • Position of Women
        • #1737: 'Make me bearded like a man!'
          • Why does Dickinson want to be like a man?
          • At the time, it was hard for women to be recognised
            • Why does Dickinson want to be like a man?
          • She lived in a man's world
          • #1737: 'Seven years of troth have taught thee // More than Wifehood ever may!"
            • Is it better to be unmarried?
          • #303: 'The Soul selects her own Society'
            • 'her': The Soul is given a gender, is Dickinson referring to herself?

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