Eliza Wharton's downfall in Hannah Webster Foster's "The Coquette" is most commonly reduced to her position as a young woman without agency in the 18th century. Eliza's death is comfortable in the public eye, as it is seemingly a result of her behaviors as a coquette. This paper challenges that idea and presents evidence that Eliza's lack of a support system, lack of worldly knowledge, flighty nature, and title as a "coquette" not only infantilize her but lead to her demise.
"Know Thyself, Own Thyself: An Analysis of Eliza Wharton’s Gradual Downfall in Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette,"
Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 4, Article 9.
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