John Leech's 1857 work, The Great Social Evil.
However, it must be noted that in Aurora Leigh, the treatment of prostitution goes directly against the virgin-whore dichotomy that dominated Victorian discourse. By rewriting this narrative, Browning seeks to portray the fallen woman not as a fatally condemned woman, but rather as a wronged victim. Initially, Browning adheres to the condemnation, creating Aurora as a representation of idle-class society.
It is precisely because pure and prosperous women choose to ignore vice, that miserable women suffer wrong by it everywhere, according to Browning, who believes it is the responsibility of women to nurture and protect these victims in order to eradicate sexual violence as a social wound from society (Qtd in David, 2008, pg. 120). However, notice how Browning blames upper-class female ignorance for female.
Browning aligns the female body with an inability for social commentary by depicting women's struggle for professional recognition, according to Barbara Barrow (2015), who notes that the poem's emphasis on the female body "fuels the poem's internal dismissal of women's poetry" (pg. 243). Barrow (2015) also points to the interaction with the male antagonist Romney Leigh, who insinuates that women's poetry isn't as important as men's poetry.
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