Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller Essay

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Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller

In her essay, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Margaret Fuller discusses the state of marriage in America during the 1800‘s. She is a victim of her own knowledge, and is literally considered ugly because of her wisdom. She feels that if certain stereotypes can be broken down, women can have the respect of men intellectually, physically, and emotionally. She explains why some of the inequalities exist in marriages around her. Fuller feels that once women are accepted as equals, men and women will be able achieve a true love not yet known to the people of the world.

Fuller personifies what is wrong with the thoughts of people in nineteenth century society. She is a well-educated,
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When she looks around America that is not what she sees. The second example Fuller gives is of "idolatry"(42). By this example she means the people who get lost in the physical beauty of one another. They think they love one another, but they are actually lusting after one another. They can think of nothing but each other, nothing else seems to matter to them, and they don’t care what others think because they know they are in love. The relationship is as superficial as the people involved in it. But as Fuller infers, in a relationship such as this, the looks will begin to fade and the feelings will be sure to follow. Because the relationship was formed solely on the basis of looks, the marriage will have nothing to fall back on. We must remember that this is not the year two thousand, where divorce is as common as marriage itself. When they said "till death do us part" in the nineteenth century, they meant it. In the end of this example says Fuller, the woman will look at the man as "an effeminate boy", and he will see her as "an unlovely syren"(42). In the long run, she will not respect him as a man, because she considers him a "pretty boy", and he will not respect her for using her looks to dupe him into marrying her. They will resent each other for the rest of their lives. They
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