Do Women Have Rights?
In many of the poems we discussed in class, women were depicted as mere possessions of men. They were basically treated as slaves to the men. The women had to endure these troubles, because men were of a higher stature, therefore could do anything to the women. According to the poem To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, women are depicted as people that do not know what to do with their lives. â€œAnd while ye may may, go marry,â€ (Line 14). This quote means that women should go marry, because the men will lose interest in them, if they grow too old. Even though this statement is true, the men are still ordering the women around. They just look at them as uneducated fools. Because the women do not ...view middle of the document...
In these two examples, we can see how they thought of women in the 17th century. The women are basically comparable to the slaves in the United States. The slaves were possessions of the owners that bought them, whereas the women were slaves of the men that were their husbands.
to go to war. He also indicates in the poem, that if he did not love honor more, he could not love his wife. He just says this to his wife and then leaves for war. He does not even care about how she feels, he does not even ask her about her opinion. Just because she is his wife, he just tells her where he is going, and that is all. He does not have to say anything else, because he is of higher status than the women. But when the women go: Forbidding Mourning illustrates the difference between the men and the women of the time period. â€œThough I must go, endure not yet/A breach, but an expansion,â€ this line, shows us the persona is going far away, but he wants the woman to feel as if they were together. The man is ordering the woman to be happy, because their love will increase as the man goes far away. Through the image on pg.281, we see that the woman does not like it at all. The woman is feeling sort of worthless, because she canâ€™t do anything, whereas her husband is off traveling to France. Due to the higher status of men in the society, they can travel anywhere and do anything they want. They would always be superior to the women in any way possible.
Men were always portrayed higher than the women in the 17th century. The men. We can see, even through the literature, the men were portrayed higher than the women. Even though there were love poems during this time period, the men always had control over the women.