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Stephanie WooDorritta FongEnglish 110621 November 2013My Brilliant Career written by Miles Franklin is a courageous and bravestory of a young girl growing up and her femininity In the firstchapter a young girl named Sybylla is introduced as a not-so-ordinarygirl she is seen as a tomboy by her parents Many men try to ask forher hand in marriage but she refuses She shows that a wife is not whatshe wants as her career Although Sybylla argues how women have fewerchoices in life than men she believes that men have more possibilitiesin life She also shows how women marry men for wealth and hispossessions because they do not have many choices in life their onlychoice is to settle down Due to the fact that women had fewer choicesthan men socially and politically it was unfair that women could onlydo specific occupations one of which included being a wife and bearingchildren Women were taught how to act like a lady and how to achieve a husband ata very young age Having a husband was considered very important in the1800s because women could not get a high paying occupation they had todepend on a husband for wealth and status Sybyllas tries to moldSybylla into the type of women and man would want to marry at a veryearly age This is first shown when Sybyllas mother tells Sybylla thatshe should help her rear poultry and make dresses- and she shouldtake to cooking Franklin 41 Sybylla does not have interest incooking or making dresses but her mother is trying to shift herinterests into what she thinks a man would marry Even her grandmotherscolds her Sybyllas uncle for not shaping her into a women that menwould marry Grandmother expresses that how Sybyllas uncle ought tobe ashamed to always encourage her in her tomboyish waysit grievesher to see that she makes no effort to acquire ladylike demeanour130 Because women cannot attain wealth without a husband they areforced to act in a way that
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