I Want a Wife

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I Want a Wife by: Judy Brady Page 539, Exploring the Text Questions 1,2,5,7 1. In the opening paragraph, Brady sets the tone for the essay by her first paragraph “I belong to that classification of people known as wives. I am A Wife. And, not altogether incidentally, I am a mother”. In this paragraph, Brady creates a humorous, sarcastic tone in her essay. She creates this tone by including an interjection saying “altogether incidentally” showing her sarcastic tone. 2. By repeating the clause “I want a wife” at the beginning of the sentences, Judy emphasizes her tone, and explains the roles of both a man and a woman in marriage, stresses how much work being a wife was in the 1970’s, and how wives weren’t appreciated as much as they should have been. 5. In the essay I Want a Wife, Judy uses Anaphora: She uses repetition of the words “I want a wife”. She uses this method to show the selfishness of the husbands and men who have wives do almost everything for them. The effect of this method is to make her ideas stronger and stand out. The author also uses irony to add a bit of humor, and also emphasize judgment on men’s idea of the gender roles. “ I want a wife who will work and send me to school”. Hyperbole: The author creates an unrealistic image of the typical wife and exaggerates to make a point. “I want a wife who will go along when our family takes a vacation …rest and change of scene”. This is an exaggeration because even on her free time, the wife is portrayed as a slave to the husband. Humor is used especially in the last sentence of the essay “My God, who wouldn’t want a wife?”. 7. Even though this essay was published over 40 years ago, I believe that thee essay remained popular because women, though not as extreme, are still unappreciated for all of the hard work they do and also the sacrifices they make
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