With an Introduction by Jane Smiley First published in America in , Charlotte Temple took the country by storm—in fact, it was this nation’s. Charlotte Temple has ratings and reviews. karen said: this book is baaaaaad. it is melodramatic and sentimental and full of woe is me and what. Charlotte Temple study guide contains a biography of Susanna Rowson, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full.

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The author would eventually write a sequel, telling the story of the daughter born to the unfortunate Charlotte, Lucy Temple. It serves as a vehicle for understanding 18th century morals and gender codes as well as a document in the evolution of American print culture.

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But Charlotte is seduced as a teenager from her boarding school with the help of a stereotypically corrupt French schoolmistress by an English officer bound for America to serve in the Revolutionary War. No woman can be run away with contrary to her own inclination; then kneel own each morning and request high heaven to keep you free from temptation. A tragedy from start to finish. But also, she was fucking kidnapped and they kept acting as though she ran away. For example, I would give this book five sensible tears for being a spectacularly enjoyable piece of sentimental fiction.

Charlotte Temple 1 4 Jun 14, fharlotte Oct 18, Rebekah rated it really liked it. But it provides a really interesting look at the gender roles of the time period, the expectations of women and men, and the concerns of the public about morality and sexuality. Anyway I had to read this for my early American literature course.

Get to Know Us. Imagining rich girls having to read “Charlotte Temple” for moral instruction Realizing that Charlotte is just a British Fantine who can’t chadlotte Therefore imagining 15 year old Charlotte as Anne Hathaway The heroine getting pregnant without any actual sex gotta protect the innocent minds of our readers!

Charlotte and Mademoiselle eluded the eye of vigilance; and Montraville, who had waited their coming with impatience, received them with rapturous and unbounded acknowledgments for their condescension: Charlotte is a young British girl who falls in love with a British officer and follows him to America.


When a professor resorts to semiotics and half-baked literary theory and begs you not to hate “Charlotte Temple,” you should be worried. It’s kind of a sad story about a sweet girl who was lead astray by people who should have been protecting her.

All the morality of Jane Austen without any of the fun, Fantine without all the wonderful singing. I loved the way she would degress from the story, jump around between the perspectives and comment on the characters’ behavior throughout.

These form a catalog of hilarious understatements. Weak women, of course. Rowson’s moral punching bag. Of course, you also have to bear in mind that the story is built around Well, I’m back to reading books for a college class.

Charlotte is taken in by Mrs. In — three years after Charlotte Temple was published — she and her husband sailed to America, but the rumor that our streets were paved with gold did not prove true. Oozing sentimentality and melodramatic occurrences, Charlotte Temple is a fine example of early American literature. Once you get past the old writing style and accept that the author will direct certain passages directly to her reader, it has a pretty good story line. Why oh why didn’t you listen to your parents?

Avoid having people tell us their story; far better to have us right there, watching the old grandfather hauled away for debt. And great day in the morning, must all the characters be either black or white, either utterly villainous or incredibly upright?

Charlotte had, when she went out to meet Montraville, flattered herself that her resolution was not to be shaken, and that, conscious of the impropriety of her conduct in having a clandestine intercourse with a stranger, she would never repeat the indiscretion.

Quite disappointing for a female lead. Yes, there’s a lot of crying and blushing, and it does get tiresome–but that’s kind of the point! On the other hand, it would be a mistake to write off Charlotte Temple because its moral—counseling girls away from rakes and eroticism and toward marriage—is out of date.

Susanna Rowson, who wrote Charlotte Temple, had a far more romantic life story than her heroine. To be fair, init could certainly end terribly. The book relates the tale of Charlotte Temple, who is enticed by a dashing soldier, John Montraville, to run away with him, but after they cross to Susannx, he abandons her.


Charlotte Temple, oh you poor, unfortunate, naive soul.

Charlotte Temple, by Susanna Rowson

Dear Reader, I’ve decided I loathe being talked to directly by the narrator. The Temples, being noble-hearted people, give her food and wine, and Mrs.

She argues that they should be helped back into society and supported so that they don’t keep making the same mistakes or so that the consequences don’t lead them to a more dire situation in life. Things that made me want to cry: Montraville sets his mind on seducing Charlotte and succeeds with the help of his libertine friend Belcour and Mademoiselle La Rue, a teacher at the boarding school Charlotte attends.

Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson (1790)

On its own, the book isn’t really anything special, and can be annoying at times for modern readers. I think this work is better served in college w “Charlotte Temple” was not what I was expecting.

It falls under the lost genre of seduction tales, which were sisanna at the time for teaching young girls about chastity and all those good lessons.

Poor Charlotte is left pregnant and rather delusional. At first, Charlotte virtuously determines never again to see Montraville, her seducer, again. Think 18th century after school special. Charlotte Temple functioned as both a scintillating story and a cautionary tale back in the day, a way for young girls to learn about the social expectations that were awaiting them. We’re talking in mid ‘s here.

The Charlotte character is used as Ms. Rowson’s text is far less subversive than, say, Kate Chopin or Jane Austen, but it’s worth reading nonetheless. The main problem with this book is that it’s very problematic for a modern reader. Crayton the former La Ruewho is discovered by Mr. Luckily, my foremothers fought so that I would be unable to imagine myself in the shoes of Charlotte – for yes, she’s annoying.