Essay about The Confessions Of St. Augustine

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Thoughts on the Role of Women
In the autobiographical Confessions of St. Augustine, Augustine suggests that women are not of God; St. Augustine makes frequent suggestion to the unholy nature of women, and suggests that women cannot be as honorable or as wholesome as their male counterparts. St. Augustine continues in this thought by declaring that women may only seek holiness and approval by God through the sanctified nature of their husbands, by associating their self-worth to them; a man cannot be deemed unconsecrated in the eyes of God with a wife, but a woman may be deemed acceptable when paired with a virtuous husband. Additionally, in Selections from City of God, St. Augustine states “This is the origin of domestic peace, or the well-ordered concord of those in the family who rule and those who obey. For they who care for the rest rule,--the husband the wife, the parents the children, the masters the servants; and they who are cared for obey,--the women their husbands, the children their parents, the servants their masters.” Augustine very obviously advocates a comparison between women’s role in society to that of a slave’s, and the husband’s role to that of their master. Through this, St. Augustine blatantly suggests that women need to be supervised and directed by men as they are helpless and unholy.
In contrast to St. Augustine’s ideas on the role of females, Plato argues that women should be allocated to societal roles that are equivalent to that of their male…

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