Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)
Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman (1798)
General Things to Consider:
How do Wollstonecraft's theories compare with Godwin's?
What is Wollstonecraft's view of women? To what degree does she
sympathize with them and to what degree does she blame them for their situation?
How does class play into Wollstonecraft's theories?
To what degree does Maria demonstrate the ideas presented in
What is the significance of the fact that the work is unfinished?
Should readers even read this work if Wollstonecraft never completed it
for publication? (Issues of public and private writing may be raised here.)
What do you make of the role of Godwin as the editor of the work in this
Is Darnford a sympathetic character? Response to this question
may depend upon the choice of ending one considers to be most likely to
have been included in the final product.
Is Jemima a sympathetic character?
Most importantly, perhaps, is Maria a sympathetic character? How
does her interaction with Darnford affect this determination?