The Declaration Of Independence : A Representation Of Justice, Equality, And Natural Human Rights

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Comparative Essay 2
The Declaration of Independence stands as a representation of justice, equality, and natural human rights. Written to liberate the American citizens from British control, the document stood for the colonists to live freely as they wished. However, there are numerous discrepancies and controversies to this document, especially in the field of gender-equality and women 's rights. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is a forerunner of this movement. Comparing her work to the Declaration of Independence, it can be seen that Wollstonecraft 's work can be served as a critique against the masculinity put forth in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration makes numerous remarks recognizing only the rights of men, not the American republic in general. This excluded women from being recognized in the declaration, over masculinizing the document.
To bring these ideas to light, these excerpts from the Declaration include, "All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (America In Class 1). As well as "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" (America in Class 1). These excerpts are an example of masculine remarks centering only on rights of a man. In Wollstonecraft 's book, we commonly see her antagonize the infrastructure…

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