I Want a Wife by Judy Brady Essay

818 Words Dec 5th, 2006 4 Pages
Throughout the years, women have been seen as someone to have children, someone to cook, someone to clean, and someone who does not deserve rights. In the essay "I Want A Wife," Judy Brady points out the different roles of a "wife" according to society at that time. I believe that Brady is sarcastically describing the ideal wife every man dreams of. Even though, women have been fighting for their rights for a long time now, even today women are still not equal to men in many ways. In today's society women are more respected and are acceptable for many jobs as men are, but still they are not treated equally all the times. Brady is a wife herself, and in her essay she wishes she had a wife that she described. Brady brings out all the …show more content…
Various style techniques, such as repetition and irony, are used along with the structural technique of using levels of intimacy.
One of Brady's main style techniques is the use of repetition. She is constantly describing what she wants in a wife and the duties that the wife should take care of: "I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife's duties." Brady believes that the wife does everything and the husband does nothing but expect his wife to do everything. Her repetition of "I" shows the husband's selfish viewpoint: "I want a wife who will work and send me to school" Brady also uses irony to develop an opinion towards the basic male perspective on gender roles: "I want a wife who will work and send me to school. The technique of using irony gets the message across of all males wanting to have a perfect wife. Brady wants to have "a wife who is a good nurturing attendant" to her children. " The most ironic element about Brady's essay is that she has allowed herself to become a wife, and is now regretting it, wanting a wife of her own. The strategy of using irony is that it shows that all males are looking for a wife as prefect as the one described by Brady. And "I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean. As well, Brady would also like to have a wife take care of her physical and social needs: "I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean," "who cooks the meals," "who will care for me when I am sick" and "a wife who
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