Historical Perspectives In Under A Cruel Star By Olympe De Gouges

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When discussing historical perspectives one thinks about changes over time in respect to society and their social and cultural norms. However, in every society there is some one or a group of people that have been excluded or marginalized that has to assert themselves into their environment. This need for acceptance can often lead to a loss of self but the cost of rebellion is worse with a risk of further exclusion. So in cases of Kovaly, Bartolome De Las Casas, Olaudah Equiano or even Olympe De Gouges have found ways to assert themselves into a place that has pushed them or other groups of people away.

In Under a Cruel Star Kovaly had at first found her solution of exclusion to be separation from the a group of people that had marginalized her in
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In this declaration Gouges makes Articles that would cut the marginalization of women and make them be seen as actual citizens: “Article I – Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights. Social distinction can be based only on the common utility” (Ishay, 177). Her assertion to be treated as an equal can be seen as a rebellion against how things were being run at that time but to not face the threat of further exclusion Gouges calls upon the many women who need their voice to be heard: “Woman, wake up; the tocsin of reason is being heard throughout the whole universe; discover your rights” (178). Gouges attempt reflect on Condorcet’s and Andersons historical perspectives for the fact that she calls upon women to not only be educated to become enlightened on the issue at hand but she also shows us that since women are excluded their place in society was primarily defined by

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