The Blazing World as Feminist Manifesto Essay

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Margaret Cavendish truly had faith in the female spirit, and she felt that women were never given the credit they deserved. Cavendish wholeheartedly believed that women could comprehend philosophy and politics as well as men, and that they should be allowed to study these subjects freely. In addition, she called for the independence of women from masculine restrictions. Because of this, feminism abounded in her thoughts and works. In The Blazing World, Margaret Cavendish shows that women are capable of ruling a world effectively when power is given to them. She also shows that women are capable of excelling in a created world within their minds, free of limitations set by men.

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In spite of it all, Cavendish published her thoughts. She even used that "eccentricity" to her advantage by transforming it into a "virtue;" by doing so she carved out her own "niche" (Hutton 220). She allowed others to know that she was unusual in order to gain positive attention.

Cavendish was very verbal about the limited opportunities for women as well as the "negative attitudes" women faced when they set out to broaden their horizons (Hutton 222). She most likely faced these things herself when she set out as a female philosopher. She was disgusted with the fact that schools of higher learning were for men only, and she blamed this for keeping her gender down. It was

the reason all women are fools; for women breeding up women, one fool breeding up another, and as long as that custom lasts there is no hopes of amendment, and ancient customs being a second nature, makes folly hereditary in that Sex, by reason their education is effeminate, and their times spent in pins, points and laces, their study only in vain fashions, which breeds prodigality, pride and envie (qtd. in Iliffe and Willmoth).

Cavendish clearly saw the lack of educational opportunities as a hereditary disease that sickened her gender and hindered its progress. She recognized the training that young girls went through and later passed on to their daughters, and lamented over the time wasted in things that did not advance the mind or instill proper virtues. Such
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