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This book called Selected Essays is just what the title tells it to be It is a group of selected essays written by a medieval French philosopher named Michel de Montaigne The essays are of course translated but as the ideas are Montaignes I dont feel it necessary to share the translators name I would like to expand on the idea of how extensively Montaignes life differs from that of todays average person and also how that difference in lifestyle and time greatly influenced his opinions on certain subjects Another idea I would like to develop is of how the style of writing they used differs from the style of writing used by contemporary authors today Montaigne was born on February 28 1533 right smack dab in the middle of what most people refer to as the Middle Ages Now the times in which he grew up were very different from what we would now experience for instance surfs peasants were little better than slaves women were looked upon as property and male children were sent to other peoples homes to be raised Montaigne himself had quite a unique education being such that Latin was his first language and he was allowed to read whatever he pleased and was not confined to only what his tutor thought appropriate His opinions on many subjects were greatly affected by these circumstances He as did most men of this time period felt that women were objects designed only to bear children and direct the servants of the house His opinions on children were unique in that he felt a great need for education of a greater sort and not just literacy although he felt that important also He believes that a male child should learn to cope with much cold fight and show sympathy for suffering The writing style used in Montaignes time is quite different from the style of which we use today They start on
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