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Laurel Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale Essay

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Laurel Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale

Before I watched 'A Midwife's Tale', a movie created from the diary found by Laurel Ulrich chronicling the life of a woman named Martha Ballard, I thought the women in these times were just housewives and nothing else. I pictured them doing the cleaning and the cooking for their husbands and not being very smart because of the lack of education or them being unable to work. My view on the subject changed however when I watched this specific woman's life and her work.

To know that there was a woman such as Martha back in those days is very interesting to me because I especially did not think there were women who were as brave and independent as she was. The lives of women in general, not
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What I thought was weird is, in the movie, Martha asks the mother in labor who the father of the baby is and that?s how they did paternity tests which seems so strange but it was the only way at the time, I guess. She probably wasn?t happy when the spinster girl that worked at her house, in the movie, said her son?s name during that crucial moment. After a hard day like this she got to go home and clean her house and cook food, I can just imagine how fun this was.

The incident in the movie when I found out that the minister?s wife was pregnant by one of the men who gang raped her amazed me because I didn?t know things like that happened back then. And it was sad because she couldn?t really do anything about it because of the fact, like I said before, the cards stacked in the men?s favor. Also, she was not able to prove the father of the baby even though she thought it was North, there was still no way to make sure of it. This is another thing that confirms that the women of this time were strong people, especially all the other women who had to go through things like she had to. Martha Ballard also had endure a lot of hard times as she got older. She couldn?t do the things she used to be able to do when she was younger and probably more healthier. When her husband was put in jail for not collecting
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