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Unformatted text preview: commit infanticide is nearly fifty-fifty ( http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ ). At the conclusion of the story, Merril juxtaposes male physical dependency with female unconditional love. Margaret, completely absorbed by her love towards her child, overlooks the baby’s mutation; Hank, on the other hand, immediately recognizes the child’s differences. Unable to accept a limbless daughter, he murders the infant with his bare hands. Although as interesting and unique story, “That Only a Mother” loses strength due to Merril’s biased portrayal of the sexes. Instead of indirectly insulting males, Merril should address serious aspects of gender inequality in society to assert a more persuasive feminist argument....
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- Fall '04
- Foil, Merril, Judith Merril