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In Adrienne Richs essay When We Dead Awaken Writing as Re-vision the author writes about her personal experience as a woman writer in a male dominated society Her essay consists of poems which she had written throughout different times in her life to demonstrate the transformation in her writing As a woman writer in a male dominated society Rich begins writing in the traditional style the mans way but as she continues writing Rich breaks from these traditional styles to form her own Like Freire Rich believes people should break from society and be able to think and question things for themselves While Freire wants to change the educational system Rich wants to change writing Both Freire and Rich want to break from the traditional ways of the past Rich believes that women need to break from the enduring attitudes of traditions which society has placed upon them Rich is upset with the limitations placed on women in society particularly in marriage It is for this reason that the themes of many of Richs poems are advice for women to live life for themselves listening only to what their hearts tell them The three poems Aunt Jennifers Tigers Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law and Planetarium are analyzed to demonstrate the changes in Richs way of writing Rich wrote Aunt Jennifers Tigers in 1951 while she was a student At this time in her life she conforms to tradition in her writing and tries not to identify herself as a female poet Rich does not identify herself as a female poet by detaching herself from her character and allowing her character to accept the life that man has placed upon woman Richs writing is constrained by man because she allows her character to be oppressed by man and does not make her a conscious being of oppression In Aunt Jennifers Tigers Rich writes about a woman who does not break from the accepted roles of society
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