On Class and Gender

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“Grant and Lee: A study in Contrasts” By Bruce Catton Bruce Catton’s purpose in writing was to explain how the two generals personalities were different. “They were two strong men, these oddly different generals, and they represented the strengths of two conflicting currents that, through them, had come into final collision.” “Lee was tidewater Virginia, and in his background were family, culture, and tradition the age of chivalry transplanted to a New World which was making its own legends and its own myths.” “Grant had come up the hard way, and embodied nothing in particular except the eternal toughness and sinewy fiber of the men who grew up beyond the mountains.” “These frontier men were the precise opposites of the tidewater aristocrats.” “Their society might have privileges, but they would be privileges each man had won for himself.” “Grant was the modern man emerging; beyond him, ready to come on the stage, was the great age of steel and machinery, of crowded cities and a restless, burgeoning vitality.” “Lee might have been ridden down from the old age of chivalry, lance in hand, silken banner fluttering over his head.” “Out of the way of these two men behaved at Appomattox came the possibility of a peace of reconciliation.” “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” By Fatema Mernissi The two subjects that Mernissi compares are the image of beauty in the west and the western man. She starts her thesis in paragraph 6 and then she restates it in paragraph 14. “The objective remains identical in both cultures: to make women feel unwelcome, inadequate, and ugly.” “He controls the whole fashion industry, from cosmetics to underware.” “In Morocco, where you design your own clothes and discuss them with craftsmen and –women, fashion is your own business.” Works Cited

Kennedy, X.J., Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. The Brief Bedford Reader. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martins, 2009.
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