Prewriting: Attitudes Toward Women
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• A prioritized list of your five most important ideas
• A thesis statement in which you clearly present the argument you'd make if you were to develop a full essay • A summary or plan for a full essay based on your five most important ideas. Be sure to include quotes you'd use to support your ideas
a. Thesis Statement: With different motivations, but similar intentions the word choices and poetic rhetorical devices of the speakers reveal their attitudes toward women. Using persuasive techniques and extensive figurative language to compare and contrast Browning’s, “My Last Duchess,” and Marvell’s, “To His Coy Mistress,” it becomes clear that the main goal of the characters in these poems is their need to be the dominant force over the opposite sex. 2. Attitudes Towards Women Demonstrated in Poetry
a. Illustrate how the speakers in each of the poems are trying to persuade women i. In the Duke's case, it's the envoy and in the speaker's case, the woman. b. Both the characters aims are the same, but their motivations are different i. The speaker in "To His Coy Mistress" seems like a respectful man, who is articulate, this is important because it is his main strength which he uses to lure her to him. ii. The use of time to symbolize sex=self (To His Coy Mistress) • The speaker of the poem is infatuated with a woman who won't give him the time of day. The speaker chases the woman and he proposes that time is flying by and they should grab it and run as fast as they can. “Had we but world enough and time, /this coyness, lady, were no crime.” iii. The Duke in "My Last Duchess" is an arrogant, disrespectful man,...