Essay about Mercy Otis Warren 's Life

957 Words Sep 12th, 2016 4 Pages
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word dilemma is defined as “a situation involving an undesirable or unpleasant choice” (p. 350). I’m sure all of us have had to make, what seemed like at the time, difficult choices, but most of us haven’t truly faced any serious dilemmas in our lifetimes. Mercy Otis Warren certainly faced one long ongoing dilemma in her life, making her an exception to this general way of thinking. Mercy was a woman living in a man’s world. She was a political writer and historian during the American Revolution, a time in which women were expected to be subordinate to men and their reigning presence over them.
What separated Mercy from the typical woman during this time was the way the men in her life treated her. The most important men in her life were her father, her brother, her husband, and her five sons. Her father supported her quest for an education as a young girl, which was more fitting for a boy. Her brother James (also known as Jemmy) served as her best friend, allowed her to be educated by a tutor alongside of him, encouraged her writing and poetry, and introduced her to James Warren, her eventual husband, after his graduation from Harvard University. Her husband was, without a doubt, the most influential person in Mercy’s life and urged her to get involved with politics and writing, which was unheard of at the time. Their love was unlike any other. Mercy often referred to James as “the first friend of my heart”, and James was…

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