In Judy Brady’S “I Want A Wife,” The Common Practice Of
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In Judy Brady’s “I Want a Wife,” the common practice of men being selfish and sexist in regards to having a wife is clearly expressed. Published by Penguin Education in One Hundred Great Essays, the article effectively highlights the selfishness of a man by recognizing the selflessness of a woman, and more specifically, a wife. Brady collectively crafts an effective argument, that in which I was swayed by, and makes clear the lack of recognition shown for women and their work by listing a series of reasons as to why she would like a wife. The author implicitly shares her displeasure on society’s expectations of a wife, and she is sarcastic and bitter in doing so. Written in 1971, the article fuels the prevailing feminist movement by…show more content…
In contrast, Brady discusses the fact that men are noted for the roles they play and are rather praised for their work. The author’s blatant approach to this idea compliments her humorous and yet bitter style while allowing readers to be engulfed with such obvious injustice. Brady establishes her credibility when she states, “I belong to that classification of people known as wives. I am A Wife, not altogether incidentally, I am a mother." (UKessays). Not only does her being a wife make her creditable, but Brady also writes with confidence and makes clear her knowledge on this subject. In this statement, the author may be recognizing the fact that such issues may be applicable to mothers without a husband: the article is not solely written for wives, and Brady is also creditable in this case as she is a mother. Readers are reassured by the author’s strong stance, and the passion Brady writes with surely emphasizes her argument.
The author’s writing style allures readers into reading further. Brady is simple in her writing. She breaks down the tasks wives have into paragraphs and is concise when making points that support her main idea. Rather than overbearing her audience with rage and a rant, Brady eases her way into her argument, and this in turn captivates readers.
Although she is convincing in her argument, the author makes points in which I may disagree with. At some points in her