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Phillis Wheatley Analysis

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Anne Bradstreet once wrote, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” This quote summarizes much of what her and fellow female writer Phillis Wheatley’s lives were like during their fights for social change. Throughout their lives, these women were forced to live through challenges and injustices on levels that are unimaginable to many of members of today’s society. With the Bradstreet and Wheatley did much to counter these challenges, even directly addressing the masses in their writings as forms of protests. This is precisely the element of which both unites and distinguishes the two women on a very grand scale. In Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being…show more content…
She uses her writing to express her ideas on women being significant figures in the world, or at very least the field of writing. She makes note of the history of writers and how strongly women have been involved in the process for a number of years, “But sure the antique Greeks were far more mild / Else of our sex, why feigned they those nine / And poesy made Calliope’s own child” (Bradstreet 31-33).Bradstreet includes this line to establish the belief to her readers that women have been and should continue to be significant figures in the world of writing and the arts. With the muses of the famed Greeks being women and successful poets themselves, Bradstreet hopes to argue that women were important and proficient in the trade that men laid claim to in her time. In all of her piece, Bradstreet’s main idea that she hopes to convey is that since women have been such staples in the art for so long that it only makes sense for them to be allowed to still.While both authors write in ways that express “radical” ideas for their respective time periods, they were sure to write in methods that did not serve to be inflammatory to their largely opposing audiences. This is the point in which their differences truly shine: their execution of this
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