In Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, Hamlin Garland has produced a portrait of a woman's growth and development. This novel is Garland's attempt to look unflinchingly at Rose's nature, at her moral condition, and by extension, at every human's situation. But in writing this book, Garland was confronted with complexities and uncertainties which demanded resolution. Like many other writers of his time, Garland was drawn to the problems presented by sexuality. He understood that biology could limit human potential. In the course of his narrative, he shows Rose Dutcher grappling with this problem, ultimately resolving it at the conclusion of the novel—with her marriage to Warren Mason.



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