A 9 page paper that consists of 3 essays. The first essay offers an example of the narrative rhetorical mode and argues that Charlotte Perkins Gilman's life is an example of heroism. The second essay is in the argumentative rhetorical mode and discusses the dual nature of justice. The third essay discusses how the first two essays fit the definitions of these two rhetorical modes. Each essay is 3 pages long. Bibliographies list 3 sources in total.
3 Essays - February, 2006 properly!
1. Narrative rhetorical mode/Heroism Heroism is often equated with fighting in battle. While this is certainly brave, the soldier receives tremendous societal reinforcement and approval for such bravery. Heroism
is also shown by those who go against the dictums of society and face social rejection and ostracism. It takes intense bravery and is extremely heroic to stand against societal
mores and concepts that are widely accepted and say "This is wrong." In the nineteenth century, Charlotte Perkins Gilman took a stand diametrically opposed to the way in which women
were treated during the Victorian era. In the nineteenth century, society was strictly regimented according to what stereotyped gender roles. Women were restricted from any participation in the public
sphere. The societal norm was the "cult of true womanhood," which pictured women as being solely concerned with the home, children and making the home welcoming place for the man
of the house. Women were looked upon a emotionally and intellectually inferior to men and the notion of educating women was still controversial and new. Born in 1860, Gilman was
a self-education intellectual (De Simone). A prolific writer, Gilmans fiction cuts through the myth of the "cult of true womanhood" to show the reality and frustration that intelligent, independently-minded women
experienced in a society that allowed them no options for self expression. For example, Gilmans most famous short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892), dramatizes one womans slow descent into
insanity, which becomes her only way she can avoid the domination that threatens to totally suffocate her individuality. In his disturbing narrative, the heroine can only be "free" by going