Analysis Of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman By Mary Wollstonecraft

analytical Essay
1166 words
1166 words

Wollstonecraft’s progressive ideal and the regressive opposition it received.

While the Enlightenment created a division among the French population that eventually led to chaos with the French Revolution, the movement united England under a quieter, bloodless revolution. Religion and long-held beliefs began to be rejected by the people in favor of reason, individual liberties and science. The ensuing abolition movement resulted in a new way of seeing the world that inspired many contemporary thinkers to express their views on political, societal and economic issues with a new perspective. In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft took the opportunity to bring Feminism and women’s rights to the center stage with ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how mary wollstonecraft's goal is to deconstruct the hyper-sexualized femininity imposed on women by men and society through a lack of education and inequality between the sexes.
  • Analyzes how wollstonecraft refutes gender roles by highlighting the hypocrisy of male chivalry in "a vindication of the rights of woman".
  • Analyzes how mary wollstonecraft brought feminism and women's rights to the center stage with 'a vindication of the rights of woman'.
  • Analyzes how wollstonecraft deconstructs gender roles and argues about the only source of real difference: lack of reason due to a restricted education.

In order to do so, she uses a neutral writing and creates an ambiguity about her own her gender that gives credibility tot her work and depth to her progressive ideas to the eyes of whomever is reading it. However, this gender-neutral style is from time to time interrupted with clues of her own femininity as she clarifies that she is talking ‘for’ her sex, and while she may sometimes talks ‘against’ it with an hostility usually reserved to misogynistic men, she never talks ‘as’ her sex. This back and forth between defense and offense underlines her own position regarding her gender; she establishes herself as a spokesperson on one hand (woman/female) but acts as just another oppressor on the other (man/male). This ambivalence of language results in her ending up in the middle of the gender spectrum (it is clear she belongs to a specific gender but she refuses its limitations), that very fact allows her to talk to and about both men and women with an equal lucidity. With this lucid thinking, she wishes to obtain the approval of both genders as both are needed for the problem of women’s subordination to be

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