Purpose , Audience & Point of View
• The purpose of this essay was to convey to the reader that tales of the old are all feminist. The author uses three main points throughout the essay: Eve's apples, Pandora's Box, and Bluebeard's wives. • The target audience of this essay was somebody who understood the tales, because the author doesn't retell them throughout the essay. • This essay is written in a first person point of view, evident by Mary Meigs's multiple uses of the word I, and its variations (I'm, etc).
• The author organizes the essay in a Cause and Effect pattern. Through this pattern, the author attempts to persuade us that the curiosity of a women is always punished.
An example of this pattern :
with Eve, Pandora and the wives of Bluebeard for being so foolish, for
* Sequential : The Box(Pandora) , The apples (Eve) , The secret room (Wives of Bluebeard)
Curiosity is a natural characteristic of humankind. But men are rewarded for their curiosity and women are punished for theirs.
* Also the author’s main argument
• Men are rewarded for their curiosity and women are punished for theirs. • Secrets should be released with confidence and self belief.
How it makes the essay ineffective
• Pandora was not punished by Zeus for opening the box.
• Adam was also punished along with Eve for disobeying God. • Bluebeard lost his life due to the curiosity of his wife, who inherited all his treasures
"Women's curiosity is always punished," I remarked to Paul, a male friend. "Pandora's, Eve's, Bluebeard's Wives." "Of course" he says. "Evil is woman's fault, That's part of
This attempts to support the essay, by pointing out that many things, even jokes, to give evidence to women being punished for disobedience, and thus are considered "evil".