Purpose of the Essay
The main purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the usage of literary elements used in the essay entitled “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady, to inform the readers on every event in the essay that happened with powerful arguments presented, and to demonstrate the analysis of the essay with its significance in life.
In the narrative writing pattern, the work of Judy Brady has conveyed her audiences or readers of its power to convince on the characters being portrayed; a husband and a wife. The tone and audiences were closely interrelated and the flow of the essay has adopted everything to the character, a wife and the situations where it happened. The audience, situation, and its purpose have shaped the tone of the essay. In addition, Brady used figurative languages throughout the essay. In the descriptive writing pattern, it includes the detailed descriptions and functions of what a wife does for her husband, children, and family. Brady has used descriptions that involved the readers to use their senses what she conveyed in the essay such as seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, or tasting.
The purpose of the essay, “I Want a Wife” demonstrated how men think, act, and feel about women. Brady was a feminist writer who aimed to demonstrate how men in general think of women. As expressed in the essay that, “If, by chance, I find another person more suitable as a wife than the wife I already have, I want the liberty to replace my current wife with a new one” . Brady wanted the entire world to know what she felt as a woman or if possible, switch the roles of men and women, and the essay delivered clear messages that showed the about women who were fed up and underappreciated. Every point in the essay is worth reading and worth saying; a wife who wants to show other wives that they are not the sole individuals who are fed up in the system of marriage depicted in the essay.
According to the passage of the essay that, “I belong to that classification of individuals known as wives. I am a wife. And, not altogether incidentally I am a mother” . The tone of the message implies who she is as a best example of ethos in the essay itself. In addition, Brady used logos in the essay and her logical arguments were good throughout the essay.
One of the logical arguments in the essay is that men demonstrated how they expected much from their wives respectively. Her way of showing the arguments was providing the list of mind-blogging things that proved men required women for their unlimited demands. Brady used the emotional reason throughout the essay known as pathos reasoning. Her statements were described with its charge of emotions, men’s expectations, and her beliefs that women should live their lives better than what they do as depicted in the essay.
Brady exhausted the perfect wife idea in the essay that said, “My God, who wouldn't want a wife?”. Who would not want that someone would perform all the difficult tasks or responsibilities we possessed in life? The accepted fact is that, the essay is serious; however, it demonstrated humor. Brady made her readers think even it sounds great to have a perfect wife. Conversely, being that wife is really not an option. The literary elements are very important application for a personal essay; to consider the tone and audience to perfectly convey the every piece of event in the essay.
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