When the land was safe the sun asked changing woman

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“When the land was safe, the Sun asked Changing Woman to become his wife. She didnot consent at first, but after the Sun made promises that she would not be leaving herpeople forever, she agreed.”(Morris,33)However, in in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a man need to come over a lot ofdifficulties to marry a woman and women choose husbands by their characters, mindsand personal abilities. “Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of acountry coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were foreverpresenting new difficulties and impediments, and he had to encounter a host of fearfuladversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portalto her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in thecommon cause against any new competitor.”(Irving, 48-49)From analyzing two novels from different period of time, the attitude people have towomen changed significantly from the beginning of American to 1820s – the beginningof industrial revolution, and women have higher and higher status in the process ofdevelopment of human. Because women became to be considered as independentindividuals instead of a part of men, and they have their own rights to choose the life theywant to have and the man they want to company with during 1820s. In addition, womenare not regarded as “children machines” any more, they became important and unique bytheir personal characteristics.
Reference:Irvin Morris, “The Navajo Creation Story: Hajíínéí”, The Norton Anthology of AmericanLiterature, volume A,8thed., edited by Nina Baym, W.W.Norton & Company,Inc.,2012,pp.25-34Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, The Norton Anthology of AmericanLiterature, volume B,8thed., edited by Nina Baym, W.W.Norton & Company,Inc.,2012,pp.41-62.

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