Compare and Contrast: Sister Flowers versus I Want a Wife
ENG 121: English Composition I
Instructor: Alicia Giffin
December 9, 2013
When given the task of comparing two different essays, I read through the list before deciding on Sister Flowers by Maya Angelou and I Want a Wife by Judy Brady. I found both essays to be well-written and each touched me on an emotional level. However, I found the essay Sister Flowers to be the better essay because of the descriptive nature and that it has a deeper meaning by showing how the kindness of one person can make one feel liked and respected, while the essay I Want a Wife was written more for entertainment by showing how little men do ...view middle of the document...
The essay is basically just a list of everything a man would want a woman to take care of from supporting him while he went back to school to taking care of all his appointments, meals, and cleaning while taking care of the
kids and all that they need. The author then goes on to say the wife needs to attend to all of the husbands sexual needs, and that while she needs to stay monogamous, he does not.
The author then states that if he should find another person more suitable as a wife than his current wife, he wants the liberty to replace his current wife with a new one. She did hit a nerve with me when she discusses finding a more suitable wife and states “Naturally, I will expect a fresh new life; my wife will take the children and be solely responsible for them so that I am left free” (Brady, 1971) as it makes me think back to my mother and father's divorce as well as my own. The final paragraph states that once the husband is through with school and has a job, the wife will need to quit work so she can more fully fulfill all of her duties as a wife.
Although I found Sister Flowers to be a better essay than I Want a Wife, both essays had a few similarities. I feel both essays were written for the enjoyment of women. While either could be read by a man, I feel the essays were both directed towards a female audience. While each author went about it in a different way, I think both essays had a hidden meaning of the importance of treating others right. In I Want a Wife, the underlying meaning is for husbands to help more around the house and not take their wives for granted, and in Sister Flowers, there is a tone of respecting others regardless of their education and status in life. The statement “always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy” in Sister...