Rhetorical Analysis Of Why I Want A Wife

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It isn’t easy being a doctor. Some of the most prestigious doctors in the world spend countless years studying and perfecting how to be of aid to people. They have to stay up late when their patients need them. They have to do everything in their power to save the day. Well, the same could be said about a wife. Wives, too, spend their time aiding each and every family member. They sacrifice all their time for their husband and kids’ needs. They do their best to keep everyone happy without expecting a simple thank you in return. Well, the same could be said about a slave. In Judy Syfers’ “Why I Want a Wife”, she displays the mistreatment and underappreciation of wives by portraying the as indentured servants through the use of anaphoras, repetition, and irony: all of which illuminate the pure mistreatment of wives by their husbands.…show more content…
Right from the start, Syfers begins by addressing her desire for a wife. After stepping into a husband’s well-polished pair of shoes she starts listing all of her expectations she has for her wife. The phrase, “I want a wife who” is used in the beginning of each sentence. The numerous examples of anaphoras made the entire essay take the form of a grocery list that hangs on a refrigerator. The impersonalness of the text makes it seem as if being a wife is a job, with daily chores, and no appreciation waiting on the other end. Not only is repetition used within a paragraph, it is also used when comparing that same paragraph with another. For example, paragraph three lists every step and action that a wife should take in order to satisfy the needs of her kids. Similarly, in paragraph four, Syfers takes on the same list of actions and applies them to satisfy the husband’s needs. Through the use of repetition it is apparent that Syfers formatted her writing as a list of expected tasks, formulated by a husband, meant to be carried out by his
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