Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
O sussurro e o grito em Mary Wollstonecraft
A. João Seabra do Amaral
AbstractOur purpose is to look at the ways Mary Wollstonecraft deals with the feminist condition and women’s struggle for equality in both her first novel, Mary, and her most popular work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The comparative focus is intended to emphasize her opposite strategies for the same issue. Three aspects will be considered: familiar, educational, and sexual. In Mary she subtly exposes and condemns the heavy female burden while the main character painfully suffers male dominance and patriarchal prejudices; in Vindication she raises her voice, openly questions the feminine condition, denounces women’s oppression, and cries for liberty. Having lived in a revolutionary era when freedom and civil rights were claimed, yet not including women, Wollstonecraf could not help pleading for her sex by strongly criticising Rousseau’s Émile, rebelliously fighting for equal rights, sensibly suggesting ways to reshape the female identity, and wisely demanding new attitudes from the male world.
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