Author : SANYOTO, JENNY
The main theme of this thesis is the search for self-identity, which reveals elements of feminism in Edith Wharton?s novel, The Buccaneers. My analysis focuses on the main female character, Annabel St. George. How Annabel resolves her conflicts with her husband and her mother-in-law appear to have elements of feminism, which she demands to be treated as an equal to her husband. In the 1 century, women frequently faced injustice, not only in the field of education, but also their dependence on marriage laws. Their lack of opportunity in job and education placed women in a subordinate social position. There are two problems statement. First is, whether Annabel?s courage in breaking the rule has something to do with her search for self-identity. Second is, what gave Annabel the courage to violate the particular norm? Those problems lead to the feminist action. The purpose of the study is to examine more deeply Annabel?s courage to fight against 19 th century English norms. Annabel has found her self-identity when finally she dares to speak up against her husband and her mother-in-law. Her courage is apparent to be a feminist action. The literary tools that I use to analyze this thesis are data based on library research, they include: feminist theories, the psychological concept of self-identity, literary tools such as characterization and conflicts. My analysis begins when Annabel goes to London where she marries a duke of Tintagel. I give a brief background of Annabel?s life before she goes to London, so that the readers can see how Annabel?s character develop from a childish, immature girl into an independent and smart woman. My analysis ends when Annabel gets divorce from her husband and decides to be with Guy Thwarte. The conclusion is Annabel?s courage to violate the norm is related to her search for self-identity. Annabel?s search for self-identity and her courage reveal elements of feminism.
Keyword : fiction, buccanner, female