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In history women have had to fight their way in order to obtain thesame equal education and rights as men In Geraldine Brooks stunningnovel Calebs Crossing one examines the role of women in a Puritansociety as an underlying theme In Puritan society women are thought toonly be useful in the home life and should have no lessons or furthereducation after they reach a certain age of maturity However what thissociety does not know is women have wisdom that men will never be ableto understand In this novel the Puritan society overlooks the factthat women are smart and capable of moving on to higher education andinstead force them to work in the household and never have a say in whattheir lives will entail The Puritans believe that God gave every individual whether women ormen a destiny in their life and people never knew what their liveswould entail Most women in the Puritan society were destined to workin their house as well as obey and respect their husbands In the novelBethia yearns to go to a university where she can obtain an educationHowever due to the values of her society this dream of Bethias willnever be allowed Bethia constantly argues with her father over thelessons Particularly in one fight Bethias father says to herBethia why do you strive so hard to quit the place in which God hasset you Brooks 16 Father Mayfield is stressing to Bethia that Goddoes not intend for Bethia to learn and go to college he intends forher to mainly work in the home Many women including Bethia aretreated horribly and are not considered as equals to men Specificallywhile Bethia is working at Harvard a boy by the name of Joseph Dudleytreats Bethia unfairly Bethia describes the situation While theother boys folded their soiled linenshe dropped his upon the floor158 This shows that even though some men treat women kindly othersare ruthless towards them especially if the women are working for themMost women
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