Archetype Of Liza

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To begin, both the author and Evgeny see Liza as the Madonna. A Madonna is a woman who exhibits the characteristics of an innocent virgin; delicate, weak, nurturing and submissive. Madonnas are women who represent stability in a relationship, someone who is subservient and an all around “good girl”. Men in the early era (1800’s, when this story was written), were taught that Madonnas are the only ones they should marry and wait until marriage to become intimate with. For the short story, The Devil, Liza is portrayed as the ultimate archetype of the Madonna. This can been observed through the distinct selection of words, which the author uses to describe her physical appearance and behaviour. For instance, the first time that the readers are