They basically could threaten Arthur with tellingtheir husbands the truth to hold some power over him and also hold power over theirhusbands with their ability to keep a love affair going right under their roof.Maybe women crave power so bad, that they think of love affairs as a way to regaina little bit of control of their own lives. On the otherhand, on the secret agent marriage seemsas a female ultimate goal. We can infer that women need to find a good husbandthat can provide for them and their families. In the novel, we can see howWinnie had to reject her chance at true love just to make her mother happy bysuccumbing to the pressure of finding a man that can look out for herfinancially. Verloc is described as not attractive at all, and even thoughWinnie is said to be very attractive and young and is not attracted to him atall, she has to ignore this and keep doing everything he wants.
They do noteven care about how he makes his money. Even though he is lazy and he evensjeopardized Stevie’s life, Winnie’s mother cared more about their financialsituation that she was willing to just put up with all that and force Winnieinto doing the same thing. It seems like Winnie hit a breaking point, in whichshe realized that maybe the only way for her to free herself from an unhappymarriage and to revenge her brother’s murder was by murdering Verloc. Each author tells a story in theirown way and style, which is why it is so interesting to analyze how each one ofthem approaches the personal struggles, beliefs, wishes and goals that thecharacters of their novel have to face throughout the whole novel to develop astory. The secret agent and Saturday night and Sunday morning aretwo novels which are completely different in relation to their plot, charactersand themes.
The secret agent focuseson the life of Adolf Verloc, a secret agent for the government and owner of ashop, who is also part of a crowd of anarchists who want to rebel against thegovernment and his wife Winnie who is only with him because she knows that heis able to provide for her and for her whole family while on the other hand, Saturday night and Sunday morning focuseson Arthur Seaton’s life. He is a hard worker during the day but after he isdone with his responsibilities he enjoys drinking a lot and being withdifferent women, specially married women. The novel takes the reader through ajourney about the consequences and repercussions that each one of his affairhas in both his life and in the women’s life and how due to all hisexperiences, he ends up becoming a better man by the end of the novel. Eventhough their plots differ a lot, there is still a lot of factors that overlapbetween these two novels. This is why is so interesting to not just analyze asingular novel but to also compare it to other works, which do not even need tobe related.
Even with two literary works that are so different in many aspects,such as in the different ways that the authors cover human’s problematics,there is still a lot of similarities and aspect that are totally worth comparing.Anarchy femininity, masculinity and relationships are just some of the aspectsthat I focused on, but there is definitely a lot more that is worth readingmore into. Sometimes by comparing twoworks you are not only finding differences and similarities between them, butyou are getting a better grasp and understanding of each novel individually andit also allows you to look at the novel from a different perspective.