Analysis Of Friendship By Katherine Philips

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We can continue on for a longer period of time to get more in-depth on the origin of gender inequality in religion, but let us go onto the focus of the 19th century. British literature displays the opinion of marriage, and that opinion isn’t the highest of standards. Katherine Phillips shows such in her poem “Friendship”. Phillips begins by defining love, explaining how love is in nature and in the heavens, which flows off into the earth (Line 5-13). Then, she explains how love is a misconception on earth, due to her low opinion of marriage (Line 29-34), and that true love is shown through friendship. Love is misinterpreted into something that is not sincere since love is supposed to be the base of marriage. Friendship is held high in her …show more content…
Friendship to Phillips is the only relationship where you can be yourself and is the most gratifying relationship of them all (Line 48-56). Breaking down this poem, we can see a lot of issues in 19th-century marriages. It is quite obvious that the saying “marry your best friend” was not a reality during this time period. It seems that there is quite a disconnection between spouses, to the point where it is undervalued to friendship. Even in today’s society, it is a goal to fall in love and marry your best friend, someone who allows you to be yourself and can be more than just the title of “spouse”. That seems clearly impossible during the 19th century. Phillips has the great idea that friendship should …show more content…
It starts off by stating how honor differs from man to man, and it is common to misunderstand all good things (line 1-4). She goes on to say how to say how humans use symbolism for God, and women’s symbolism of God is their husbands, whether they are a beast or a bird (line 5-8). So “God”, or men, give out their laws, and the laws are those that are not even suitable to a man, but in a standard much bellows that. As a sacrifice, men make their women disguise their true self, and imprison the women to not even have an opinion (line 8-11). Men have the complete control to build a woman up, or to completely destroy her, with just one breathe (line 13). This describes the reality of verbal abuse, and how not all abusive actions are dealt by physically causing harm. Words can inflict more pain than any physical intimidation tactic sometimes. Phillips also describes how women “prostitute themselves to sordid Fate” (line 17). During this time period, many women had no say so in what they wanted. From who they were to marry, how many children were to be born, to what they can even wear, was all decided for them, some from as early as their toddler years. Women were seen more as an object, a trading good, or a means to help men progress in life, not as another human. Honor is an extremely important status during this

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