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Unformatted text preview: the subsequent stanzas serve as a criticism of this perception. In the first stanza, Dickenson uses such descriptive words as "Cherubic" and "Gentlewomen" to demonstrate the softness and delicacy of women; she goes on to compare mistreatment of women to "assault[ing] a Plush -- or violat[ing] a Star." These two references indicate a clear negative connotation associated with treating women as anything but delicate in her society. Immediately after this, she refers to this delicate view as "a horror of freckled human nature" and twice makes a statement regarding how ashamed people are of women. Her description of the common perception of women as being brittle and so utterly worthless in society clearly demonstrates that she is indeed a part of her time and place in history rather than entirely internal, as some may think....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course ENGLIT 0500 taught by Professor Andrade during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.
- Spring '08