Essay about Sexual and Class Exploitation In “The Wife’s Resentment”

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An Analytical Essay on Sexual and Class Exploitation In “The Wife’s Resentment” This essay will analyze the themes of sexual and class exploitations in the story “The Wife’s Resentment” by Delariviere Manley. By exploring these themes we are able to get an idea of why Manley wrote this story. That is, she hoped to make young women, whether rich or poor, aware of the value of their virtue as well as their rights as married or single women to protect that virtue or honor. By revealing the themes that are presented in the story, we can see what Manley stood for and why she wrote this story in the period she lived in. “The Wife’s Resentment” is a story with a plot that amazes the reader. It’s a plot that brings you directly into the…show more content…
However, she manages to stay strong and not give into any favors with him until married. Her response to his pursuit was “Your person is handsome, your present very well, your letter is witty and extraordinary well writ; but what are all these accomplishments to a virgin who values nothing but virtue?” (146). This passage is very significant because it gives the reader knowledge of what Violenta stands for. The author intended for the reader to know that even though Violenta was of a lower class than Roderigo, that she was not willing to be used as a mistress or to submit to his needs without getting married. This part of the story is considered sexual exploitation because he is in a way pressuring her into giving up her virtue. He followed her around “where to be near her, he committed a thousand indecencies” (147). This caused Violenta to let him know that she wanted to be left alone so she goes on to say, “I know it will be impossible for me to live after the loss of my honor. I conjure you to leave me in repose, lest I be obliged to shut myself up in a cloister to avoid your pursuit” (147). That being said, the story continues on to the part in which we get an example of class exploitation. After a long pursuit without any result, Roderigo resolves to change his ways. He knew that they were pretty poor so he goes on to make

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