The Culture of Rape
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Charlotte Temple by Susatma Rowson is classified as a seduction novel. It fa ll s under this category due to the fact that the protagonist, Charlotte Temple, is said to have been seduced by a man into leaving her family and going with him to the United States. However, the pivotal scene in which Charlotte leaves with Montraville, is vague in wording and can be open to the interpretation that instead of being seduced, as the genre implies, Charlotte was kidnapped and raped by Montraville with the help of La Rue. The word seduction, in today s terms, implies some choice and fault on the victim. If one can prove that Charlotte was indeed raped, then claiming Charlotte was seduced downplays Charlotte as a victim. This also shows Americas history of victim blaming, therefore usually blaming the woman instead of the true culprit, the person who commits the crime against the victim.