Emily Dickinson's Poem 83

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The ideas and values of society regarding independence and self-autonomy from a female perspective show from both and institutional and social standpoint, women are followers however their male counterparts are leaders. The lack of a woman’s self-autonomy can be seen in Dickinson’s Poem 83 where she suggests the conventional idea of inequality of leadership within domestic sphere of marriage. The central metaphor of the poem places the female of the relationship as the commodity and the male as merchant “But till the merchant buy… the subtle cargo lie” which reinforces the lack of independence juxtaposed to the males authoritative traditional role. However, these social norms are completely disparate in the character of Katherine featured
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