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The magazine Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion is a magazine that was published in 1800 and was targeted towards young women. The magazine was a way to help teach and encourage women of the time on how to properly fit in and behave according to the rules that society had placed on them. It taught them how to be considered an ideal, cultured woman with high morals and spiritual standards. Although many readers today would argue that the teachings and ideas taught by this magazine are extremely outdated and outrageously sexist, one must realize that this was society’s standard for women during the 1800’s.
The Young Ladies Journal, (1864-1920) was the first successful magazine directed toward young females. The advances of the Victorian women’s movement can be seen in the depiction of girlhood defined in pages of magazines such as “The Young Ladies Journal”. Although still in training to be a wife and a mother, late Victorian woman are seen as able to consider work opportunities, university education and sport as an option to their pre-marital years. Butte, known for its metropolitan style, was no stranger to the powerful, young, and independent women as seen with what many consider the world’s first flapper, Butte’s Mary MacLane. These types of Journals were common place in waiting areas, such as, the Durant substation for Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Commercial line.
Within the 19th century American atmosphere, is a realm of cultural tropes that distinguishes themselves among the common literature that people read. Among these people, are different demographics as each publication caters to a specific audience on the basis of race, gender, and residing region. While the readers of these publications come from varying backgrounds and belief systems, there are unique similarities that provide insight as to how people were reading in the 19th century. These similarities contextualize what these readers were looking for in these publications as well as their interests and habits in respect to the demographics represented in the periodical archive.
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The story goes about marriage, love, career with their solutions. Also some of the magazines are a questionnaire that discovers after you completed what person u are etc. A magazine i can always some tips and tricks about how to be confident, to look good and how to learn better. On a magazine I find pictures of famous people with their life stories such as how they become rich and famous from nothing. How they develop them self to do everything to meet their dreams and what strategy they used. In a magazine i can read lot information’s about how to make money, where to invest in and how i can safe and control it.
Children, Marriage and Love are the three main factors of the two short stories, “A Sorrowful Woman” by Gail Godwin, and “A Secret Sorrow” by Karen van der Zee. Two relationships at risk because of children. Neither of them know what to do but try to find solutions to solve their problems. They end up having different outcomes.
Magazines have implicitly and explicitly been influencing humans for decades. They are continually more involved in the media, however the market is highly competitive. It is extremely important for magazines to maintain the readers’ interest and loyalty therefore they must excel in its appearance and content. Helen Brown created the Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965. It holds a spot as one of the most successful women’s magazines of all time, and proceeds to be the number one selling monthly magazine. (Ouellette, 360, 2005).
“Authority and American Usage,” an interesting essay written by the brilliant and quick-witted David Foster Wallace, presents an argument on different ways of understanding the ever-changing American usage in the English language. Keeping up with the English language in America is like chasing your new, untrained puppy down the street. Tiring and basically impossible to get a hold of. Over the past centuries, the English language has evolved so much, that if you took a person from the 13th century and threw them in the middle of New York City in 2013, it would be as if two different languages were being spoken.
Each magazine has a unique audience that they target in order gain subscriptions. Culture can influence which magazine a person would choose to pick off the shelf. When flipping through the Southern Home magazine, one could deduce that this magazine is geared toward upper-class southern woman. The Southern Home magazine has an expensive taste in furniture and is filled with luxurious pictures of beautiful homes.
Kate Chopin's, author of The story of an Hour, and Gail Goldwin, author of A sorrowful Women use unique diction to to describe their main characters. In the Story of an Hour Kate describes a woman with a heart condition. She is faced with the horrible news of her husband, that might be dying. I like how Chopin's uses many descriptive words to explain the state Louise is in. As well as Goldwin uses symbols and metaphors in her writing to intrigue us to keep on reading. Both the writers have different ways of writing but use similar techniques to portray a message.
One of the common themes in both The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife is strong women. All the women in both generations in each book gain strength through different experiences. These experiences range from a war-ravaged China to the modern day stresses of womanhood. Though different experiences have shaped each woman, they are all tied together by the common thread of strength.