A Vindication Of Rights Of Women By Wollstonecraft

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In A Vindication of Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft expresses her thoughts on marriage, as she describes that women become obedient, dependent, and underdeveloped when they are married: “the obedience required of women in the marriage state, comes under this description; the mind, naturally weakened by depending on authority, never exerts its own powers, and the obedient wife is thus rendered a weak indolent mother” (1792: 44). The broken relationship between Eliza and Edward in Mary embodies this idea. In portraying such a marriage in her novel, Wollstonecraft shows her pioneering feminist stance. As Eliza tries to adapt to the general standards of marriage, “she became a mere nothing” (Wollstonecraft, 1788: 5). The author goes to show how…show more content…
In other words, she considered women to be unimportant and insignificant subjects within their marriage, but also within society. However, Wollstonecraft does indicate that Eliza’s lifestyle is partly to blame on herself, judging her for her “self-denial” (1788: 6). In the narrative, it is apparent that Eliza did have personal beliefs, yet she tries to follow social expectations, and, therefore, limits herself. Hence, Edward and Eliza’s marriage, which embodies the marital system advocated in Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft demonstrates that women deny their true selves and limit themselves by consenting the rules of marriage and male oppression. Overall, Eliza embodies the type of woman Wollstonecraft opposes to, in her personality, behaviour and thoughts. She compromises the type of woman addressed in her political essay Rights of Woman, as she is obedient to her husband and does not express her own…show more content…
She too is forced to marry a man to whom she is indifferent, in order to obey her father’s wishes. This was not uncommon in the eighteenth century. Mary tries to find a way to escape from this social pressure, and from the restraints she believes marriage will entail. While Eliza, throughout her marriage with Edward, taught herself to repress her true self and to live according to what was expected of her, Mary wants to avoid similar future prospects. Eliza is not represented as the correct role model for her daughter as she is not the ideal educator nor mother, making Mary regret even speaking to her about her problems. In the following excerpt, Mary tries to approach her to converse about the stuggles she is facing; however, she notices that she is different from her mother in the way she thinks and approaches
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