Author – Elizabeth Poole Sandford wrote literature aimed at middle class women.
Context – “Woman in Her Social and Domestic Character” was written in 1842 and was about the assumptions of the domestic, motherly, and religious duties of the housewife. It was written during the time of the Industrial Revolution, during many technological and social changes.
Language – Her language is clear and she writes in a convincing manner.
Audience – Her audience was middle and upper class men and women.
Intent – Her intent is to clarify gender roles of the time, and to point out exactly where a woman belongs in society and in marriage. She also wanted to point out that the romantic ideals of the early 19th century were in decline.
Message – A woman’s place is in the home, and should look to her husband for support, because women are the weaker of the sexes. Women do not need to be employed or have a job outside of the home, as this was seen as something only the poor needed to do and as an unfeminine characteristic.