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Margaret Fuller Performing Civic Equality Essay by Rebecca Rix Reed College 1998 Woman In The Nineteenth Century Memuna Sillah Virginia Commonwealth University Most of the criticism of Fullers Woman In The Nineteenth Century is along the lines of Orestes Brownson who writes of Fullers book that all is profoundly obscure and thrown together in glorious confusionWITNC 213 Frederick Dan Huntington complains of a want of method calling it a collection of clever sayings and bright intimations than a logical treatiseWITNC 222 It is indeed quite a task figuring out the direction of Fullers compass After an initially well laid out position on mans inherent imperfection and the connection of this to the even more imperfect situation in which man has placed woman it is difficult to identify a central idea The book becomes especially muddy towards its end where Fuller carries on with endless examples and comes up with very little new points What however is clear is Fullers argument for the spirituality of woman the immortal being that is being deprived of its nature to grow as an intellect to discern as a soul to live freely and unimpeded to unfold such powers as were given to her by the creator 20 It is the importance of this immortal soul or rather the inability of man to acknowledge its importance that Fuller sees as the cause of much of womans suffering Marriage considered compulsory for a woman if it be only to find a protector and a home of her own is all too often arranged for convenience and utility rather than as a meeting of the souls41 Not only does this convenience leave redundant the most sacred part of the woman it also deprives man of the spiritual bliss the complete woman would have been able to provide Unfortunately himself under the slavery of habit 71 man is too imperfect to realize what hes missing
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