Victorian domesticity or true womanhood is associated with the woman’s role at home, where self and society converge. Woman as the light or angel of the house was supposed to possess virtue and domesticity. Sarah Ellis’s The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits explores the influence of woman as moral and spiritual guidance within the domestic life. She argues that its woman’s duty to influence her children and her husband to make the right decisions.
Sarah Ellis had written that performing domestic chores, raising children and training them in the path of wisdom, making her husband happy, giving dignity to his house, and generally be practical in the household are the objectives of a domestic woman (59). But Ellis questions this happiness and their influence within domestic setting by comparing them to a grain of sand on the sea-shore who needs to gain societal importance as well: “And yet they flutter on, and say they have no influence—they do not aspire to be leading women—they are in society but as grains of sand on the sea-shore. Would they but pause one moment to ask how will this plea avail them, when, as daughters without gratitude, friends without good faith, wives without consideration, and mothers without piety, they stand before the bar of judgment, to render an account of the talents committed to their trust! Have they not parents, to whom they might study to repay the debt of care and kindness accumulated in their childhood?—perhaps to whom they might overpay this debt, by assisting to remove such obstacles as apparently intercept the line of duty, and by endeavoring to alleviate the perplexing cares which too often obscure the path of life?” (Ch. II, 48). She asks to remove this obstacle and to spread out their influence whenever possible.

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