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Why I Want a Wife

In the speech “Why I Want a Wife,” (1972, 1990) Judy Brandy talks about the demands that are required from women. She stresses the point that the roles of women are unfair to the role of men. Also, that there is a distinct difference, inequality, between the roles of men and women. She writes about this because she is tired of the feeling inferiority to men and that the work that women undertake is overlooked. In order to make her point she uses numerous rhetoric devices such as irony, hyperbole, and anaphora.

Anti federalist Judy Brandy uses irony in her speech by listing multiple jobs which a wife does and is expected by many to do in many instances. She does the same jobs in her life for her husband and children but now she seems to not like to do them anymore and wants a wife for her to help out. Also, she describes the attitude of men wanting a wife in his life, so he can hinge on her everything and do whatever he want to do in his life.  She is showing how selfish and sexist ideas of men are prevalent.  She is not serious in the story.  She doesn’t want a wife literally.  The main examples given in the story highlight the author’s sarcasm. Brady says that she wants a wife who will work and send her to school so that she would not have to work as hard while working to become more economically independent. While it is worthy of respect to have a man want to become more economically independent, it is just as worthy of disrespect that he would expect the woman to work to support the family by herself during the time it takes to do this.  Irony in this situation is that while he wants to better his family, said husband wants to burden it.

Brandy also uses hyperbole to create an unrealistic picture of a typical wife that she especially exaggerates to make her point. ”I want a wife to go along when our family takes a vacation so that someone can continue to care for me and my children when I need to rest and change of scene” this is...

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