A Double Standard Poem Analysis

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Literary Analysis: A Double Standard
The poem “A Double Standard” by Frances E. W. Harper was published in the year 1895 where inequality between men and women was in occurrence. This poem describes the concerns within this dilemma. Harper disagrees with the particular laws that represented normality within the community. She tends to feel that women are blamed for wanting diverse perspectives of living. In the poem “A Double Standard” Harper was conveying that women were considered unequal to men due to relationship obligations within the household, complexities of sex and the social standards that were upheld to men within this period of time in the community.
In the 1800’s, women had only one obligation and that was to take care of the
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(25-29) Gender is formulated into a certain type of power. In this particular era in history, crime between a woman and a man was unequal. The persecution for crime was unequal; due to the fact, that women was viewed incapable and condemned more harshly than a man. Women tend to love more intense and emotionally than a man; although this may seem to be true, it is uncompromising when a woman is heartbroken. Men that are distraught tend to not wear their feelings; they are unnoticed. Sexual complexities within this poem basis on gender. Is the gender of being a man more valuable than of a woman? Harper believes that man and woman is as one and not to be separated. Society believes men are empowered and women are blamed for their role in the failure of a male dominant relationship. Most compelling evidence is “Do you blame me that I loved him? / If when standing all alone/ I cried for bread a careless world/ pressed to my lips a stone”. (1-4) As been noted, the women involved goes unobserved of their hurt from the inequality inspired by the community. Women undertakes the suffering and is persecuted with “stones” (4) to judge than “bread” (4) to stop the hunger. The hunger for equality was more sociological and physical; henceforth, from the male perspective create a more uniformed society. A society that corresponds with fairness in …show more content…
Men were powerful, independent, able to resist temptation and ambitious. Harper writing conveyed that during that time in history they were stereotypical solutions to a man dominating duality. Women were stereotyped into being household wives. For this reason, it revolted to an isolation in women to be able to be dependent as well. Specifically, these women who generationally married. These demands within gender in particularly negative; on one side, it breeches the opportunity for women to expand and become overachievers for the community. Under those circumstances women had to be persecuted by judgments from the society if they continue to obligate interest elsewhere. It made hard for women to feel appreciated among the men; since, women rights were not of importance in Industrial Age. The women at that age in time was known as gullible; correspondingly, men had the control of the women’s heart. To put it differently, “Do you blame that I love him/ that my heartbeat glad and free/ when he told me in the sweetest tones/he loved but only

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