It 's in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I 'm a woman. Phenomenally, . Phenomenal woman, That 's me. (Angelou)
There are many literary works, like the one above by Angelou, that show what it means to be a women. This research paper is going to explore womanhood through different literary works in order to discover the following: to be a women one must have purpose which comes from both loving others and being loved. In the poem “Annabel Lee” we see example of both being loved and loving. It says, “And this Maiden lived with no other thought then to love and be loved by me.”(Lines 5-6). Being loved seemed to give Annabel Lee a purpose. Annabel was definitely loved.
It says in the poem:
And neither angels in Heaven above, Nor the demons down under the sea, canever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. (Lines 30-34)
Another example of being loved can be found in the poem called the “The Ruined Maid” by Thomas Hardy. This might seems somewhat of a strange poem choose as in example, but it will be explained as to why this was chosen. There are no details given as to who “ruined” thi...
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...uld have been considered criminals and who would not have allowed to stay many places because of their criminal status. “After leaving the jail, they came to Lydia’s house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and departed.”(Acts 16:14) In conclusion, throughout the literary works, there have been many examples of loving and being loved. The interdependence or important relationship between loving and being loved seems to be essential to being a women. Through the stories and poems of “My Man Bovanne,” “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Ruined Maid” there were examples of women who were loved and loved others. That love is what made them women. Both of those things, loving and being loved, are of equal importance and cannot happen without the other. The Bible put it best when it says, “We love because he first loved us.”(1 John 4:19)
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