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“Why I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady
In Judy Brady’s informal or personal essay, “I Want a Wife”, she explains why she would want a wife. She is humorously in her essay while teaching the unmarried and also the married women the role of an uncomplicated wife. At times, everyone wishes they had someone to relay on and do things for him or her. These things include doing simple chores and tasks, along with taking care of our mental, physical, social and sexual needs. Brady’s states a similar thesis in her essay with the use of descriptive writing. She lays out a list of what most women do when they have the job of a wife, such as taking care of any needs for her children, working her self, giving support to her husband while he goes to school, etc. In the essay “I Want a Wife”, the author uses different words and ways to get the reader’s attention. Brady’s uses repetition to make sure her point is getting across. She is constantly describing what she wants in a wife and what she wants her to take care of. An example of this is “I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife’s duties.” She believes every husband’s depends on the wife to take care of everything while they do nothing. Throughout the whole essay this line “I want a wife…” is used in many different listing of jobs that a wife performs. The use of “I” is also repeated and shows the selfishness of a husband’s point a view, “I want a wife who will work and send me to school”. Another example of being selfish in the essay is “… a wife who will pick up after me”. The essay also uses connotation in some sentences, “it suddenly occurred to me that too would like a wife”. Furthermore, way she used words that Brady would emphasize or to keep them in the readers head is to use them in italics “my”, or putting quotations around them, ‘to monogamy’. The use of question marks was furthermore used in the essay as well to make the readers aware of what she’s going to talk about later on in the essay and keep them interested. She ends up answering the question, “why I want a wife?” and concluding “my god, who wouldn’t want a wife?” at the end. This shows she has comfortably stated what she had to say.

Sidra A. There are various types of ways syntax is used in the essay. Diverse style techniques, such as repetition and irony, are used along with the structural technique of using levels of intimacy. One of the main style techniques is repetition of “I want a wife…” and the use of “I” and “my”. This emphasizes the ideas that she is stating by making her ideas stronger and shows the selfish viewpoint of a husband. She gives the reader different views of a wife to picture in their mind and shows how much a husband aspects out of a wife. As examples, a husband wants the wife ‘not to bother him, with rambling complaints, types papers for him’, ‘be independent, so he can go to school and study whatever he wants’, ‘physical needs, cooks good meals, plans the menus, do grocery, picks up after him, keeps the house clean’, ‘take care of his and his kids social life’, ‘sexual needs’ and ‘quit working after he’s done his studies’. Along with repetition, irony is used from the beginning of the essay, starting with the title. In addition to the writing style Brady shows a sexist side to this essay, “to monogamy”. The way the author wrote the essay, she makes the readers reflect on how Brady become a wife but now she regretting it and wants a wife of her own. One of the rhetorical devices that this essay uses is repetition. This is used to show the selfish viewpoint of husbands and young men who picture a wife that would do everything for them. Brady’s use of repetition of words makes her ideas stronger and standout further. She is direct in the details while repeating the issues that concern her in her own life, "I want a wife who will plan the menus, do the necessary grocery shopping, prepare the meals, serve them pleasantly, and then do the cleaning up while I do my studying”. It makes it easier to understand what she is saying and going through that she would want a wife of her own while she is a wife her self. Repeating of words such as ‘I want..., child, food, friends, study, cleans, helping, house, needs, wife’s duties, etc.’, shows what in her life she cares for and illustrates a sexist part of how young men think what they are going to get out of their wives. There is also a lot of repetition of “I want a wife…”, “I”, “my”, to make the point across to the readers. Another rhetorical device used in this essay is irony. It is used to add a little humor and to expand a judgment of how man perspective is on gender roles. “I want a

Sidra A. wife who will work and send me to school”. Irony is used from the starting of the essay to the end. From the title, the audience would think the author is a male but it isn’t. The way the whole essay is written on regretting on being a wife and now thinking about owning one is kind of adding sarcasm, along with irony. By the use of irony in the essay, it sends a massage to all the male readers who depiction of having a faultless wife in their future life. The strategy of using irony is that it shows that all males are looking for a wife as prefect as the one described by Brady. They think about the things that their wife’s would do to make their lives trouble-free, “I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean”. As for physical and social needs: “I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean”, “who cooks the meals”, “who will care for me when I am sick” and “a wife who will take care of my social life. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children”. In addition to the other rhetorical devices, there is imagery as well. It puts a picture in the reader’s mind when she lists the things that she would want a wife to do. Brady uses imagery to also describe a lot of things that wife’s do and it makes it clear to understand. When the reader’s are reading the essay, they can relate to it, because she describes everything in detail and the readers don’t have problem illustrating the images, so it is easier for them to relate to. They can also picture what she is going through that she has such detail ideas of what she wants a wife to do. The tone in the easy is mostly selfish and sexist. Brady lists many jobs that a wife dose and is expected to do by everyone. She plays a role in her life doing the same jobs for her husband and her children and now she seems to be sick of them and wants a wife of her own to help out. Though she describes the behavior of a male wanting a wife in his life, so he can depend on her for everything and do nothing him self. This shows the sexist and the selfish viewpoint by men over the role of a wife. The essay is very well put together by the way it’s illustrating how a dream wife should be. The dream wife thought demonstrates well with her thesis, which is Brady wanting a wife so she can be independent, can take care of her physical needs, take care

Sidra A. of her children, sensitive to her sexual needs and not look for anyone else but her. Though, she has not put up a representation of a realistic wife who wouldn’t mind doing all these things just to prove that she is the most magnificent wife that a man can ever have and want. She is fantasizing about someone who is so perfect that they would do everything for her to make it super easy, and then she wouldn’t have to do anything. Even though she is trying to educate the unmarried and is listing some facts about the married wives, she goes on about being tremendously faultless. It’s unrealistic to picture an image such as the one given in Brady’s essay, because no one would put up with all the things that she would want a wife to do for long. Overall, this essay is truly good quality but not fully practical. It is worthiness of reading, since it has many good points and how men see women in the role of a wife. In addition, she clearly demonstrates how people still sexist and have such an attitude towards what women should do. Brady’s essay “I Want a Wife” is a predominant method of development and is enjoyable by many wives and females; it opens up many males point of view as well.

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