Cavalry Maiden

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The Cavalry Maiden Nadezhda Durova and Her Freedom The Cavalry Maiden, by: Nadezhda Durova and translated by Mary Fleming Zirin, is a journal about a Russian officer in the Napoleonic Wars. Nadezhda Durova is a woman who left home at age twenty-three to join a regiment. Every since a young age Durova was interested in nature and things that were young men interest. It is believed that this stemmed from not being loved by her mother. She was attached to her father, who was a captain of a regiment, showed her the proper love. When her mother did not want her, he kept her on his side and let her ride horses and played with pistols. The women in the eighteenth century Russia had little freedom. They could only participate in…show more content…
Finally with her freedom came responsibility. She was responsible for taking in two young men. “My squadron commander got the fantastic notion of sending the youngest men to be orderlies, and under this disposition the choice fell on me” (93). Another responsibility Nadezhda Durova had taken place after she had transferred regiments. She and her group of men were responsible for getting hay. While out she decided to wander off to find her horse so she told the sergeant to lead the men to find the hay. “Stackelberg sent me for hay for the regimental horses…I charged the sergeant to lead the detachment at a walk to the forest nearby, and myself did not so much gallop as jolt my way as fast as I could to the village where I hoped to find our reserve horses”(149). The responsibility that young girls had in the eighteenth century was bobbin lace. “From morning to night I sat over worked which, I must confess, was the vilest imaginable because, unlike other girls, I could not, would not, and did not want to acquire the skill…my bobbin lace” (7). Even though she had more freedom her responsibility became more challenging. Nadezhda Durova only was able to acquire freedom because she disguised herself as a man. She would not have never been in a regiment if did not dress and act like a man. The freedom in the eighteenth century was unequal when it came to men and women. The men had more freedom while the women had no freedom
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