A woman is shouting and giving commands. She’s ordering people to fetch her birthroot, she’s rubbing a woman’s head and belly, and she is calling a baby forth into the world. This was the life of a midwife in the medieval times. The story The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman is about an orphaned girl named Alyce who became a midwife’s apprentice and wanted a place in the world, but she wasn’t confident in herself and she thought she was a failure. Alyce realized that she couldn’t give up and that she had to be more confident in herself. At the end of the book she decided to become the midwife’s apprentice again. Alyce is a lonely and miserable girl who sleeps outside on a dung heap until a midwife recruits her to be her apprentice. …show more content…
In the middle of the book, Alyce starts to become more courageous. In the text, it states, “ ‘Have off, I said,’ she repeated, moving toward them.” This shows that Alyce is courageous because she is able to fight back without being scared. It would take courage to fight back against the boys, who used to bully her, so she had the courage to fight back and confront the boys who used to tease and torment her as well. In the text it also states, “Alyce, who had slept alone outside in the dark for most of her years, even at fearful times like All Hallows’ Eve and Walpurgis Night, had never yet seen the Devil and had nothing to fear from the night.” This piece of evidence shows that Alyce was never afraid of the Devil, which every other person in the village was afraid of, in all of her days that she slept outside. Also, It would take courage to sleep outside by yourself at night on frightening holidays like All Hallows’ Eve and Walpurgis Night, but Alyce isn’t afraid of these holidays because she has the courage to not show fear, even when she’s sleeping outside by herself.
In the end of the book, Alyce is confident in herself. The author states, “ ‘Help me,’ cried the woman on the table. ‘Keep still, all of you, and let me try,’ said Alyce, coming out from behind the ladder.” This shows that Alyce is confident because she is able to help the woman in labor even though she has
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This generation of women, may it be young or old, are fortunate to live in a country where you can be anything, do anything, and say anything that men can. Although in theory the playing fields are still not completely even, we as a nation have made some substantial progress in women’s rights. Just a few hundred years ago, women livered mundane lives and rarely got to speak up for themselves. In the book, The Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, it follows the life of Martha Ballard through the use of her own diary. Martha Ballard captures the lives of common women in the Early Republic Era by providing an authentic record of the role women played in their communities throughout the developmental years of the United States.
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The poem “The Mother” written by Gwendolyn Brooks in 1945, is a poem that focuses on the immeasurable losses a woman experiences after having an abortion. The poems free verse style has a mournful tone that captures the vast emotions a mother goes through trying to cope with the choices she has made. The author writes each stanza of the poem using a different style, and point of view, with subtle metaphors to express the speaker’s deep struggle as she copes with her abortions. The poem begins with, “Abortions will not let you forget” (Brooks 1), the first line of the poem uses personification to capture your attention. The title of the poem has the reader’s mindset centered around motherhood, but the author’s expertise with the opening line, immediately shifts your view to the actual theme of the poem. In this first line the speaker is telling you directly, you will never forget having an abortion. Brooks utilizes the speaker of the poem, to convey that this mother is pleading for forgiveness from the children she chose not to have.
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