Module 4/ SLP
December 2, 2012
Dr. Glen Baxley
Why I Want a Wife
In Judy Brady’s personal essay,” I Want a Wife,” she explains why she would want a wife. In her essay she was trying to teach the unmarried and the married women the role of an uncomplicated wife. Everyone wished they had someone to do things for them. Brady is letting you know she dreams a wife should be. She wants a wife so that she can be independent, take care of the children, physical needs and sexual pleasure. Brady also put out a list of things that most women do when they have the duty o a wife, for instance taking care of the children, doing things around the house that need to be done, working for herself and supporting her husband while he goes to school. Judy Brady use different words and ways to get the reader attention. She uses words to make sure she get her point across by describing what she wants in a wife and the things that she want her wife and the things that she want her wife to take care of. For example, “I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife duty.” Judy believes that every man expects or depends on his wife to take care of everything while they do nothing. In the whole essay” I want a wife” is used in different things that a wife should do. I know that the word “I” is also used several times to show that the husband is only thinking about himself. The selfishness that I am referring to is when she states, “I want a wife who will work and send me to school.” Also “I want a wife who will clean up after me.” One of the rhetorical devices that this essay uses is repetition. This is used to show the selfish view of a husband and young men that pictures a wife that would do everything for them. Brady used repetition of words to make her ideas stronger, while repeating the issue that goes on in her own life. She says “I want a wife to clean while I do my studies, plan the menus, make grocery, prepare the meals...
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