Why I want a wife analysis Essay

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Analysis: Why I Want A Wife by Judy Brady

1. What is the tone of the essay? Is she serious? The tone in the essay is casual, humorous, sarcastic, and sometimes ironic. The author lists 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 literally want a wife. The main examples given in the story
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Logos of the article: The author arguments are apparent in her article. One of her arguments is that women are required to do too much. She doesn’t mention this directly, but says this by listing the role of women. Another argument that she emphasize is the inequality of men and women. In her article she wants to go to school and be supported financially. And there is a wife who must take care of the house, kids, money…etc. She argues that this must stop and people are expecting too much from women.

3. How does she use figurative language, especially irony, anaphora, and hyperbole to make her argument stronger? Anaphora: One of the figurative speeches that the author uses is repetition of words “I want a wife”. She uses this method to point the selfishness of the husband and men who picture a wife that would do everything for them. The author’s repetition of words makes her ideas stronger and standout further. While repeating the issues that relating with her own life, she is direct in details. Reiterating of words such as “I want…., child, food, house, needs, wives duties…etc.” shows what in her life she wants and pictures a sexist part of how men think what they are going to get out of their wives. Irony: This figurative speech is used to add a little humor and to amplify a judgment of what man’s perspective is on gender roles. “I want a wife who will work and send me to school”. Irony

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