Sophia the Great

Sophia knows that not many girls have the opportunity to do the same as she has so she makes sure of it to boast to Arabella. Sophia pretends to be a humble person when describing her experiences, despite clearly wanting to show off. An example of her boasting is:  “and now let me ask you your opinion of my attachment to you, when can thus fore go the highest earthly pleasures, flattery and luxurious accommodation, for your amusement” (14). Sophia is making it seem like she is doing the readers a favor in telling her story as if her experiences were superior to anyone else’s, like Arabella. In saying “accommodation” she makes it seem like she is doing this simply for the readers and not for herself, as if it is a sacrifice she is taking for us. Sophia also acknowledges that we may “suspect [her] of self-gratification in [her] descriptions” (14). She is aware that she may sound like she is boasting, yet she still proceeds in telling her story exactly the same way.

She often references other authors, like Dryden because she is trying to seem like she is so educated compared to Arabella. In quoting authors, she also establishes a dominance within the Indians because she is an educated English woman, which is extremely rare. Doing this gives her more confidence because it is like she is giving evidence to prove she is so much better than everyone else, especially Arabella.

-Natalia Alvarado

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3 thoughts on “Sophia the Great

  1. I shared similar ideas with you on how Sophia is trying to prove herself to Arabella. To go further, you could talk about why this need may be? Why does she harbor an insecurity about her own status and education. Perhaps her role as a woman or maybe her being displaced to another country? I think further exploration could create more interesting ideas!

    Thanks!

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  2. I believe the main point is, “Sophia knows that not many girls have the opportunity to do the same as she has so she makes sure of it to boast to Arabella. Sophia pretends to be a humble person when describing her experiences, despite clearly wanting to show off.” though I do recommend expanding more on the other authors referenced.

    Extra Credit 16/25/2

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  3. I think the most original part of this post was its reference to accomodation for her readers, that was not in any of the other ones. I think as an improvement I would quantify her boasts – what did they say about her?

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