Dajka Dávid GyörgyLiterary Essay
Analysis of “Judy Brady, I Want A Wife”
To get a better understanding of the term irony I have searched for its definition “a technique of indicating, as through character or plotdevelopment, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.”
Background: In the United States the second wave of the feminist movement begun during early 1960’s and this event lasted all through to late 1970’s. The sole purpose of the feminist association was to have equality and to have a right to vote just as male citizens. Judy Brady’s text with the title “I Want A Wife” was first sighted in the Ms. Magazine’s initiation issue in the year 1971. The genre of this magazine article is a depiction as satirical prose of classic piece of feminist humor. Brady aims to persuade “her readers to look objectively at a man’s viewpoints and expectations of what he thinks a wife is and what she should be.” Brady finely uses clear altercations and several repeating key words such as ‘I want a wife’ and classy language to cause her essay to look convincing and robust.
Exigence: The author writes in her essay about the jobs of a wife and the requirements. She priorities the point that the role of wives are biased towards the husband counterpart, and that there is a conspicuous difference in diversity, between the household roles. Weakened by the inequality, and the fact that the work done by the wife is being overlooked, she bravely discloses here feelings. She indicates her idea by giving us solid examples of some housework that are generally performed by the wife. “I want a wife who will have the house clean, keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what I need the minute I need it.” “After listing all this numerous outrageous tasks, she concludes the article with an emotional statement, “My God, who wouldn’t want a wife?”
Audience: Certainly Brady is writing to married women and men. This can be implied by the article because of its expectations of a wife in marriage. But she does no exclude the general public, so her essay is also targeted towards men and women in general. The public is expected to know a little slight bit about marriage life and divorce. “The audience is also presumed at least to have a high school level of reading and basic understanding of words such as “adherence”, “monogamy”, and “nurturance”. She is trying to get out to the public that these expectations and these stereotypes of roles of women, should stop. This goes back to her exigence, which is the unfairness of roles of women.”