ENGL 1301 B Paper
Professor: Laurie Buchholz
28 November 2012
A Wife or a Slave?
As we are now living in a new millennium, we have encountered that society has not change much when it comes to women duties and rights. Back in the 1950’s almost all the way to the 1980’s, women’s duties were to stay home and take care of everything involving the house as: cleaning, and cooking, and taking care of the kids, etc. The only change that has happened from back in those times is that, we, now as wives have to also bring money to the house which involves getting a job outside the house, and still have to take care of all the house duties. Next, I will talk about how to great professional writers express their own feelings about this issue. Judy Brady talks about how she would like to have a wife in her essay, “Why I Want a Wife” In her essay she explains in detail every single duty a wife does, and also explains how a wife is unappreciated when she says, “If, by chance, I find another person more suitable as a wife than the wife I already have, I want the liberty to replace my present wife with another one.” Sandra Cisneros in her essay, “Only Daughter”, refers to the same issue, being a daughter and becoming a wife to stay home and take care of the house duties as her father wishes her to do so by saying, “My father thought college was good for girls—good for finding a husband.” Next I will talk about how both essays relate to each other, but also different at the same time. The main similarity in both essays is that Brady and Cisneros are trying to persuade the audience to stop a tradition which has been continuously changing as adding more duties to the wife’s role, but not to the women’s advantage. This tradition was that the wife would stay home and take care of the house duties. Throughout the years this tradition has changed as adding more duties to the wives role which include getting a job, and bringing money to the house,...
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