Marcus Tullius Cicero And Mary Wollstonecraft

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Identity is how distinguishes oneself from everyone else. There are thousands of different kinds of identities, and each identity represents an individual. Marcus Tullius Cicero and Mary Wollstonecraft also examined the meaning of identity. In their books—On duties and A Vindication of the Rights of Women With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Both authors describe identity of the individual as being derived or formed through their social roles and education. These two things help distinguish the individual from others and give them virtue, which is essential for forming our identity. Cicero describes that our relationships in society help define our identity. In Cicero’s book, he states there is a closer social…show more content…
However, this difference should not be the reason that men and women have different social roles. She thinks women are prepared to fulfill more than the duties of wives and mothers throughout their entire lives. Women could, through education, to learn virtue and other things, thus, enabling them to change their current social roles. Wollstonecraft disagrees that men are naturally supposed to work to support family, while women are limited to staying at home and nursing children. She states, “The limbs and faculties are cramped against nature. It is time to effect a revolution in female manners, time to restore to them their lost dignity, and make them, as a part of the human species, labor by reforming themselves to reform the world” (Wollstonecraft 1792, 4). Each role has its own unique set of jobs associated with society. Women as human species in society should be equal to men, no matter how different their physical bodies are. Through education, women could gain more power to play their roles as men have, and their identities could also be added to in more positive ways. Virtue is an essential part of forming our identities, and we acquire virtue through our social roles and the education we have. Cicero states four virtues that each of us need to learn, which he summarized as: “moral goodness”. He said, “For if we bring a certain amount of propriety and

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