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Essay Question Discuss the representation of women in at least 3 works from 3 different cultures identifying similarities and differences Be sure that you select at least one work from before the midterm and one after the midterm Before the advent of women as professional writers literature portrayed them as an inferior class This is exemplified in the book of Genesis and Euripides Medea It was not until Christine de Pizans The Mutation of Fortune and The Book of the City of Ladies that women collectively began to realize their own self-worth and have an appreciation of their own accomplishments The book of Genesis is ancient Hebrew lore about the creation of the world In our text there are two different accounts of the creation of women Both accounts differ in the way that they portray them One account purports that God created men in his own image male and female created he them Genesis 57 This passage indicates that men and women were on some level equal In the other account however god creates woman from the rib of a man Genesis 58 The consequences of this account are twofold Firstly this gives men the ability to do something that men have never been physically capable of creating life Secondly by the sheer order of the creation of people it is indicated that women are secondary Versions of Genesis do not however deviate from one common theme women ended paradise and will forever pay for their sins In the book god commanded that they not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil Eve misled by the serpent ignored the mandate and gave the fruit to her husband Adam When god confronted the two Adam avoided responsibility Gods response was to punish Eve I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall
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