Women's Battles in "The Midwife Addresses the Newly Delivered Woman"

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In the poem titled "The Midwife Addresses the Newly Delivered Woman" the author portrays the strengths and fortune of an Aztec woman she must have while giving birth to a child. The author mentions how the courageous and brave woman went through hard exhausting physical labor. The poem informs the mother that possible unpleasant situations may still occur. The new mother is aware and understanding that she has successfully won mastery. Also it is pointed out when women were giving birth it was like a battle, just as painful as the ones men fought in wars. The tone of this poem is very important. Throughout as I was reading this poem I sensed heartfelt and great concern for the new mother. Also, in this poem one may notice the role of…show more content…
When women passed away from childbirth, and then considered as warriors, ((they were believed to escort the sun on its journey but this time from its position at midday down to where it set in the western sky. The Aztecs believed that after four years these dead women warriors also returned to earth, but they became frightening beings that haunted crossroads and tried to snatch babies and children.)) http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/index.php?one=azt&two=ask&tab=ans&id=1 During this time in Aztec society, women played significant roles in society, although men were still widely dominant. Women were sometimes owned by men, in result women had very little chance to take part in government and religious activities. However while men worked in agriculture and fought in battles, women were to stay at home and were to determine in attempt to raise children, weave, and cook for their family. Women were taught to do these tasks starting from young ages. They were taught as young girls at home skills that were significant for marriage such as spinning by age four and cooking by age twelve. The work to be done at the home were not the only roles women played, they also shared activity in the work force, such as merchants, traders, scribes, courtesans, healers, and significant midwives. http://www.precolumbianwomen.com/ Women who were midwives or healers were known to be very smart and capable of curing

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