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The Idea of Male Power vs Female Powerlessness in The Young Housewife The Young Housewife is a poem by William Carlos Williams that deals with many issues One of the main issues that this poem deals with is the conflict between male power and female powerlessness Although at first glance the poem may not seem to be have this theme in it but Williamss work is filled with multi meanings It all determines how one would interpret the poem from the literal meanings to the underlying meanings and symbolism In the first stanza Williams describes the woman as moving behind the wooden walls of her husbands house2-3 This can be taken in a couple of different ways First of all you could look at it literally and picture the girl in the house moving about do various things You could also look at it in the way that the woman is being controlled by her husband Williams refers to her moving about behind her husbands walls This signifies that the male is the person with all the power and money He owns the house and the woman is being let to live in it In the second stanza Williams says Then again she comes to the curb5 Hear again Williams is not really clear whether he wants this line to be taken for its literal meaning which would mean that she woman is simply going to the curb to get items that were dropped off He could also be symbolizing to woman that stands on the curb which is a prostitute This meaning goes along with the theme of power control because prostitutes are under the control of the person that hires them It is degrading and gives the woman a bad reputation and demoralizes them in a way Going along with the idea of a more sexual theme Williams refers to the woman as a fallen leaf9 This can be
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