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Essay 1 revised - Hickenbottom 1 Tiffany Hickenbottom Professor Simpkins English 2540 C 16 September 2010 Determined to Obtain Equality One of the

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Hickenbottom 1 Tiffany Hickenbottom Professor Simpkins English 2540 C 16 September 2010 Determined to Obtain Equality One of the prominent advocates for social change, Susan B. Anthony once said “I know nothing but woman and her disfranchised.” Since before America was created as a country where people were meant to have the equal opportunities to pursue happiness, women have not. Of course this prejudice and confinement goes back even further. Before Susan B. Anthony went on public record in America, across the pond, two other women used their voices differently to lay the foundation that would allow someone like Susan B. Anthony to be heard. They were Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen. Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen could no longer suppress their stance and conform to traditions of women being treated inferior to men. It was common for other women of the Romantic period to shy away from any form of advancement because they feared the consequences. If a woman attempted to gain independence or demonstrate intelligence that was greater than that of her male counterpart it was considered a crime, just as if an African American slave was not allowed the opportunity to learn to read or write. These phenomenal women used literature as a way of coping with the obduracy and traditional mindsets of their period. For many years to since the beginning of time women have been fighting on various levels such as corporate, athletic, and academic for equality to males. One of the women that aided in social change was Jane Austen. Austen was not your classic Romantic female with the dreams of marrying and having kids. She declined marriage to pursue her career in literature as a
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Hickenbottom 2 writer. To many individuals her actions were irrational but she responds by writing Love and Friendship. [Sophia’s last words to Laura] “My beloved Laura (said she to me a few Hours before she died) take warning from my unhappy End and avoid the imprudent conduct which had occasioned it. .. Beware of fainting-fits. .. Though at the time they may be refreshing and agreeable, yet believe me they will in the end, if too often repeated and at improper seasons, prove destructive to your Constitution. .. My fate will teach you this. .. I die a Martyr to my grief for the loss of Augustus. .. One fatal swoon has cost me my Life. .. Beware of swoons, Dear Laura. .. A frenzy fit is not one quarter so pernicious; it is an exercise to the Body and if not too violent, is, I dare say, conducive to Health in its consequences -- Run
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2011 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Simpking during the Fall '11 term at Auburn Montgomery.

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Essay 1 revised - Hickenbottom 1 Tiffany Hickenbottom Professor Simpkins English 2540 C 16 September 2010 Determined to Obtain Equality One of the

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