The author of Mayor of Catebridge uses diction, and selection of detail to convey his attitude towards Elizabeth-Jane, and women in general. Elizabeth-Jane is thought to be a role model by the townsfolk in this passage. The author would prefer women become educated and delve into things only men could do previously.
“As soon as Casterbrigde thought her artful it thought her worth notice.” Once Elizabeth-Jane began to “blossom gaudily” the town started to notice and admire her. Using diction, the author shows his attitude of acceptance, in that women should become better and equal to men.
Just as the author wants women to take on larger roles in society, Elizabeth-Jane wants to further herself and this is shown through selection of detail. “She wanted to wear them… but she had no bonnet… when she had a bonnet… she had no dress… It was now absolutely necessary to finish.” Wanting to be classy and have a full completed outfit Elizabeth-Jane gets all of her fancy clothes and wears them all at once. This all started when Henchard gave her a gift. That gift led to Elizabeth-Jane wanting to be complete, as she considered herself an “unfinished girl.”
Women seem to be rising up a somewhat caste like system in the passage and Elizabeth-Jane is the forerunner to the advancement of women. The “budding beauty ” of Elizabeth-Jane was unnoticed, until she was thought to be a “delicate imposition of Rouchefocauld.” Being considered high class, Elizabeth-Jane “engendered a deep sadness” because she knew she was far from it and wanted to truly obtain it. The selection of detail shown is to convey Elizabeth-Jane as wanting more and willing to achieve it.
The attitude towards women in this passage is conveyed by the author by a variety of ways. Through the use of selection of detail and diction, the author shows that his attitude towards women is similar to that of men. Women have continuously tried to obtain equal rights as men, and in this passage Elizabeth-Jane is the women that wants to advance herself.