Women Of The Shadows : Wives And Mothers Of Southern Italy Essay

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After reading Ann Cornelisen’s Women of the Shadows: Wives and Mothers of Southern Italy I am going to examine three out of the five women Cornelisen wrote about while she lived amongst these women in the villages of Lucania/Basilicata after World War II. I am also going to describe how these women underwent many struggles in their lives at a time when all of the husbands left them to go find better jobs abroad in Germany. To my own belief, these women are the foundation that preserved their family. They kept them together without any recognition and little to no appreciation of the individuals around them. Furthermore, I will also discuss how these women were representatives of their peers and the major factors kept them in these miserable circumstances they were in.
The first of these women I am going to describe is Peppina. According to Cornelisen she is twenty-five years old, however due to having seven children and at least five abortions, has the appearance of a forty-year-old woman. She was deprived of any kind of education from an early age; but does not hide the fact that the women were considered the experts in doing sums on their fingers. In turn, she acquires any available work like cleaning hallways and even as a maid in order to support her family, while Her husband Minguccio, is away for work in Germany. In desperate times, Peppina even took a position as a wet nurse, for an Army officer and his wife, while her husband could not find work just to provide the…

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