Women also took advantage of new literary forms as a way to politically participate in society. As female authors began to emerge, one in particular—Mary Wollstonecraft—gained significant influence. Wollstonecraft began responding to enlightened thinkers who argued that women should not receive a formal education in her best known work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792). She argued that education is an integral aspect of advancement in society, thus, women should receive a formal education. Ultimately, Wollstonecraft’s ideologies can be considered as the foundations of modern day
The Restoration Period (1660-1700) was a period of social, political and philosophical turmoil, which laid the foundation for future centuries. This period was marked by an advance in colonization and trade and by the birth of the Whig and Tory parties. In poetry, works of Alexander Pope and Anne Finch and a number of other poets distinguishes the Restoration. But, there are several objections from these poets; one particular opposition occurs between Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and Anne Finch.
Corcoran, James, and Burton Beers. Prentice Hall Literature: World Masterpieces: Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. Print.
In her essay, Mary Wollstonecraft states that women are inferior because they lack the proper education. “… The neglected education of my fellow-creatures is the source of the misery I deplore …” Women are ridiculed and looked down upon for their misunderstanding; they are seen as children who cannot stand alone. In the movie, the women during that period of time did not receive a high education. Only the upper class learned a proper education but only to a certain extent, they were taught to only speak and write but were not to get involved in more serious matters such as politics. Women like Miss Western whom received a higher education had to go to another country to obtain it and were often seen as masculine people. Education played an important role in the discrimination of gender. Only men were capable of...
It’s 1800, the end of the Romantic Period. Women are seen as high valued objects, but just that. Past the point of marriage women are hardly seen as anything above servants. “Daily life for women in the early 1800s in Britain was that of many obligations and few choices.” says Kelley Smith in her article Historical Brief-Lives of Women in the early 1800s. They stay at home, the clean, they cook, they do the dishes, and they don’t have their own opinion. Then from nowhere comes to very intriguing poems. The first, from Jane Austen, On Making an Agreeable Marriage, comes from her person letters to her acquaintance Fanny Knight on November 1814. The second text, titled A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, comes from Mary Wollstonecraft. Both these poems conjure up a very radical opinion of what a woman is and what a woman means or should mean. However, Mary Wollstonecraft’s text A Vindication of the Rights of Woman can be seen as the more radical text towards the view of women in her day because of the following: (1) Jane Austen’s text is a personal letter and is not for the purpose of proving her opinion, merrily conversing with an acquaintance, (2) Mary Wollstonecraft’s text states the flaws in the worldly opinion of women, and (3) Miss Wollstonecraft not only talks about woman’s status in London 1800, but the mens’ as well and all of its faults.
In chapter IX of ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’ Mary Wollstonecraft wrote about how Women do not allow themselves to be smart so that they will fit into society. Wollstonecraft believed that Women placed their focus on being beautiful instead of educating themselves so that they would be more suited to be a wife. Wollstonecraft wrote “Men are not aware of the misery they cause, and the vicious weakness they cherish, by only inciting women to render themselves pleasing; they do not consider that they thus make natural and artificial duties clash, by sacrificing the comfort and respectability of a woman’s life to voluptuous notions of beauty…”iv She believed that women have the potential to be better wives and mothers but they
In this passage from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft passionately describes the plight women face in an attempt to live a virtuous life. She finds that the overall presumption of society that women should only be striving for beauty it the main culprit hindering humanities forward movement towards “true virtue”. Along with the blaring passion resonating throughout the passage, the tone Wollstonecraft’s words elicits towards gender roles at the time is critical and negative. Wollstonecraft uses the rhetorical devices: similes, rhetorical appeals, and rhetorical questions, to strengthen her argument to reform the expectations set for 18th century women in the book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
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Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol C. 9th ed. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012. 2492-2633. Print.
The Writings of Jonathan Swift; Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds, Criticism. edited by Robert A. Greenberg and William Bowman Piper. Norton Critical Editions. New York: Norton, 1973.