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Society is ever changing Both physical and culturally we must adapt to new environments and changing culture In literature there have been many analyses done on these changes Two of the most influential of their time were perhaps John Stuart Mills The Subjection of Women and Charles Darwins The Descent of Man In examining these two works it is interesting to note the parallel discussions of evolution in society Mills The Subjection of Women looks at the struggles of society in adapting to an environment where women are treated equally This writing was commenting on societal failure to change discriminatory customs toward women Darwins The Descent of Man is an expression of his own belief that mans origins are in lower forms of life that adapted to their changing environment physically In examining the two works it becomes apparent that in the Victorian age an approach to changing both physically and socially was important John Stuart Mills approach to changing society comes from the viewpoint that after many years of submission and discrimination women should be treated equally This conclusion comes from a reflection on past classes of people that were similarly repressed Mill looks at similar situations throughout history where one certain group was dominant over another submissive group 1 Free vs Slave 2 White vs Black 3 Brave vs Feeble 4 Nobility vs Serfs When looking at the Free vs Slaves these two groups no longer exist in our society to even study the advancements in which the submissive slaves made against the free man African Americans have made significant progress in their fight to become equal The feeble natured are not looked upon as they once were Anyone can join the armed forces the brave and strong arent the only ones who fight for their country The relationship between serfs and nobles certainly isnt the problem it once was All of these submissive groups have made significant
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