Comparing Women In A Man's Requirements And A Letter To Her Husband

662 words - 3 pages

Subservient Women in A Man’s Requirements and A Letter to Her Husband

Authors use poetry to creatively present attitudes and opinions. “A Man’s Requirements,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment” are two poems with distinct attitudes about love that contain different literary approaches. In both of the poems, love is addressed from a different perspective, producing the difference in expectation and presentation, but both suggest the women are subservient in the relationships.

In “A Man’s Requirements,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning uses repetition, flowery language, and strategic role play to expose her regard for man’s perception of love. The narrator repeatedly pleads the phrase “Love me,” followed by his conditions, which are painted with adored language such as “with thine azure eyes, Made for earnest grantings.” For the narrator, the purpose of the poem is to request love; more specifically, it’s a demand for love, but Browning equips the narrator with a begging tone and flattering language, lightening his demand that it may be received as a virtuous and pure request. The narrator’s repetition of “Love me” is in itself a subtle way of encouraging an idea—for the woman to love him. Through all eleven stanzas, Browning speaks as a man (the narrator), but in the eleventh stanza, she reveals her mockery of man’s idea of love by saying:

Thus, if thou wilt prove me, Dear,
Woman’s love no fable,
I will love thee—half a year—
As a man I able.

Browning makes light of men’s expectation for women to give up everything in the name of love to a man who is capable of so much less. “A Man’s Requirements” tactically expresses Elizabeth Browning’s opinion of love through literary tools.

“A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment” also suggests a subservient role of women in love, but focuses more on the bond of love, comparing it to Nature. The narrator speaks about her husband:


...

Find Another Essay On Comparing Women in A Man's Requirements and A Letter to Her Husband

Comparing "The Scarlet Letter" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1816 words - 7 pages expulsion from New Orleans reflects how aptly the quote suits her at the end of the play; she is, indeed, "forsaken by a memory lost" by the people who once showed her care, and is also left in a situation where "none care or know" about her. She is subject to absolute alienation in her admission to the asylum, where she is physically cut off from mainstream society.Hence, we see that in the texts The Scarlet Letter and A Streetcar Named Desire, we

Comparing Letter from a Birmingham Jail and Civil Disobedience

1866 words - 7 pages Martin Luther King and Henry David Thoreau each write exemplary persuasive essays that depict social injustice and discuss civil disobedience, which is the refusal to comply with the law in order to prove a point. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King speaks to a specific audience: the African Americans, and discusses why he feels they should bring an end to segregation. Thoreau on the other hand, in “Civil Disobedience

The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband

665 words - 3 pages Show how a character from The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband and one other story are put under pressure. Explain how and why this happens. All the stories I have studied from “Opening worlds” have shown some form of pressure towards a character in the stories. This pressure that is created is designed to build up tension which keeps the reader interested in the story. The pressure in “The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband” and the “The

Instructional essay "How to Plan a Wedding" written to satisfy requirements in Freshman English 101.

893 words - 4 pages chance (think Murphy's law). Confirm your honeymoon reservations and pack. Pick up your dress, break in your wedding shoes, throw the bridesmaids' party and, on the day before, hold the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.At this point, everything should be covered. Take a deep breath and get plenty of rest. Don't forget to eat something in the morning; nerves don't do well on an empty stomach. The music starts one-half hour before the ceremony. The bride should have her hair done three hours early and start dressing an hour early. The groom should give the bride's ring and the officiant's fee to the best man."HERE COMES THE BRIDE"¼ENJOY!

The Use of Personal Relationships to represent Cultural Oppression of Women In The Story of Zahra by Hannah al-Shaykh and So Long a Letter by Mariama B

1445 words - 6 pages to represent the standard Lebanese marriage and to demonstrate the harsh reality that is patriarchy in Lebanon. In So Long a Letter, Bâ likewise uses Moudo’s polygamous marriage to Binetou in order to show the effects of polygamy on women in African cultures. When Ramatoulye receives the news that her husband Moudo has married a second wife she thinks to herself “I acquiesced under the drops of poison that were burning me: ‘

The Scarlet Letter: Title, this is about the use of symbolism and the political status of women in Puritan New England and how it relates to The Scarlet Letter. It is a critical analysis.

1044 words - 4 pages definition of citizenship for males was shifting to a more individualistic, acquisitive, and capitalist-oriented model," meaning that although women were attempting to catch up to the men politically, the women could not keep up with the changes. Hester finds herself abandoned by both of the men in her life, and, "in a sense, wedded to the letter ["A"]." Hester, released from wearing the letter, continues to wear it. This situation of symbolic

Comparing To Autumn and To a Skylark

3936 words - 16 pages romanticise nature you also have to bring in this idea of joy and happiness in nature and both poets do this superbly. Keats does it in “To Autumn” making the season seem uplifted and comfortable and Shelley also does this in “To a Skylark”;“ With thy clear keen joyance.” Here Shelley is saying how much joy the skylark’s song fills you with and that you can never get tired of it. So in this way by comparing their subject

A Letter to Shakespeare

608 words - 2 pages A Letter to ShakespeareJanuary 23, 1997William ShakespeareStratford upon AvonDear Mr. ShakespeareJust recently, I have read what it probably your most highly acclaimed works, Romeo and Juliet. I must give you credit for doing some great work with it, being that there are many people who enjoy it tremendously, however, I have a few problems with your story. I guess the main point that I am trying to stress, is that your story, yet good, is

Examine the role and tasks of purchasing in assuring product quality from suppliers, with reference to: a) specification of quality requirements b) supplier quality audit c) contractual terms

3774 words - 15 pages is of paramount importance.This article put emphasis on the role and tasks of purchasing in assuring product quality from suppliers, with reference to:(1)Specification of quality requirements(2)Supplier quality audit(3)The use of appropriate contractual terms in a purchase orderPurchasing has different meaning in different industries. This article first introduces different perspectives of purchasing in different industries. Then, the role and

Is John A Good Husband?

1451 words - 6 pages effects when she begins to speak of her inability to think clearly for herself anymore. This action by John had good intentions, but was essentially degrading to Charlotte's freedom and well being, much like the other women of the time. Her husband treats her like she is incompetent, almost like a child. When the narrator got tired, "dear John gathered [her] up in his arms, and just carried [her] upstairs and laid [her] on the bed," showing how he

Scott Peterson: A Perfect Husband?

1516 words - 6 pages Scott Peterson was born on October 24, 1972 in San Diego to Lee and Jacqueline Peterson. He attended Arizona State University for a few months before transferring to California Polytechnic State University. He worked as a waiter in a small café in Morro Bay called Pacific Café when he met Laci Rocha. On their first date, Scott took Laci fishing; she got seasick but later confided in her mother that this was the man she would marry

Similar Essays

Lady Macbeth, A Wife In Support Of Her Husband. Speaks Of "Macbeth" By Shakespeare

1167 words - 5 pages Lady Macbeth also covers up her husband's weaknesses. While feasting at a banquet in the palace, Macbeth's conscience overwhelms him and he undergoes a mental break down. Shortly after having Banquo murdered, Macbeth believes he sees the ghost of his once companion. He begins to speak to the apparition, which is not visible to the others. Realizing that her husband might say something connecting him with the murders of Duncan and Banquo, Lady

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women In A Man's World

2438 words - 10 pages Louisa May Alcott shows a great deal of herself throughout the novel, Little Women. She shows many parallelisms between the fictional character Jo and Louisa May Alcott. The novel is an example of their similar personalities, appearances, and life experiences. Louisa was very dramatic and comical throughout her life time. Jo March is the perfect character for Louisa to portray. She exemplifies how life was during the 19th century in America

Comparing My Last Duchess, La Belle Dame Sans Merci And A Woman To Her Lover

1776 words - 7 pages both men and women should have an equal amount of power and no one should be dominant. In ‘My Last Duchess’ the thoughts of a very possessive and arrogant Duke of Ferrara are shared. He expected his wife to behave in a very conservative manner and wanted her to treat others as inferior. The Duke shows his position of power in the poem by referring to her as; ‘My Last Duchess’. The Duke uses the possessive pronoun ‘My’ which shows

Comparing "The Scarlet Letter" And "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1816 words - 7 pages expulsion from New Orleans reflects how aptly the quote suits her at the end of the play; she is, indeed, "forsaken by a memory lost" by the people who once showed her care, and is also left in a situation where "none care or know" about her. She is subject to absolute alienation in her admission to the asylum, where she is physically cut off from mainstream society.Hence, we see that in the texts The Scarlet Letter and A Streetcar Named Desire, we