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Bradstreets views toward Male-Dominance As a female in a highly patriarchal society Bradstreet expresses her feelings using a clever technique called reverse psychology to prove her point her disapproval of her communitys belief of unequal treatment and prejudice against women Bradstreet believes that women are treated unfairly in her society regarding gender as insignificant She faces many conflicts and struggles in her Prologue expressing her opinion towards womens rights implying that gender is unimportant and male-dominance is wrong The Prologue has a humble tone and hidden surprises In addition to reverse psychology Bradstreet uses apologetic tone drawing the reader in forming interest for the reader to read her poems despite the fact that she is a female In the beginning she talks about wars captains and epics specifically written by brilliant male writers worrying that her poems will shame the art of poetry My obscure writings shall not so dim their worthstanza 1 line 6 Later in continuation of her self-demotion and apologetic tone she talks about the Great Writer Bartas admiring his works and sarcastically admitting that she will never be as talented as he is A Bartas can do what a Bartas will But simple I according to my skillstanza 2 lines 11-12 The sarcasm in these lines cause the typical reader of the poem to reconsider that perhaps women are not as bad as Bradstreet portrays them to be exactly the thought she has schemed for the reader to think Continuing Bradstreet mentions regret for her lack of skill in which she laments the fact that A weak or wounded brain admits no curestanza 4 line 24 As the reader proceeds reading Bradstreet discusses the prejudice against women knowing that if she expresses her true feelings no one will look at her poem Therefore she says I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits A poets pen all scorn I should thus wrong
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