CH_Week_3_Critical_Response - Gomez I chose the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and \u201cThe Declaration of the Rights of Men\u201d In \u201cOurika\u201d

CH_Week_3_Critical_Response - Gomez I chose the Social...

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Gomez I chose the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and “The Declaration of the Rights of Men”. In “Ourika” she is raised in life as an aristocrat and will never be satisfied in her life because she will not be able to marry a white man of her level, and eventually she falls into a depression and dies because she was in love with her best friend Charles who married someone else. Mme de said, “Who will ever want to marry a negress… she will be unhappy. She will only want those men who cannot want her” (Ourika p.6). This quote from the text shows that although Ourika is an aristocrat and is with the higher ups while she is black, she will never be able to be happy with a man because of the racial norms in this era. This relates a lot to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “The Social Contract”. For starters Rousseau believed in aristocracy to be the best form of government just as Ourika was grown up to be. In the opening line of “The Social contract”, “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains”, (Rousseau p.1). This quote works

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