Mary Wollstonecraft 's Death Of Children Essay

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Wollstonecraft died giving birth. Mary Wollstonecraft’s doctor was forced to remove some of the placenta manually but with unwashed hands, Mary developed an infection. She died a week later in an incredibly painful, but not uncommon way (Sturgis). Not only was it likely that children should die but the risk of having children was high to begin with. To the readers who have more than likely experienced an infant death to read of Collier’s advice for killing off “unwanted” children it would be a harsh reality check. In seeking reform Collier may also be advocating closer care and watch of children. To those that have an experience with the death of a mother or friend during childbirth, they would question the frivolity in which women were “supposed” to have children. It was dangerous and for it to be so expected actually makes the women appear to be the thing that is expendable. The woman becomes the child, “easily” replaced and disposable as we see later on in Collier’s advice to wives. There is something else important to note in Collier’s discussion of children. When Collier describes children, she goes completely against the expected role that women in society play. She refers to children in negative turns, something that seems completely ghastly for a woman who’s purpose in life should be one of becoming a wife and bearing children. She also, as demonstrated above, believes them to be deposable and interchangeable for pets. Collier herself never married or had…

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