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Wild Geese the classic Canadian novel by Martha Ostenso is written from a very non-feminist point of view To begin with it can be seen throughout the novel that Caleb Gare doesnt give Lind Archer the time of day Furthermore it is the women on the farm who work the hardest and are treated the worst Finally it is Amelia who takes the blame for anything bad that occurs The book Wild Geese shows us a narrow-minded view of the female sex Lind Archer the new schoolteacher in Oeland who is boarding at the Gares is ignored completely by Caleb Gare There are many cases of Calebs evident obliviousness of her throughout Wild Geese It is because she is a woman that she is treated this way She is ignored and demeaned by a few male characters in this novel but especially by Caleb Gare Calebs boot camp farm is kept alive and profitable only with the help of its female inhabitants Without Judith Amelia or even Ellen the Gare farm couldnt operate They are the backbone to the success of the farm It is by these three women that most of the difficult and arduous labor is completed With the exception of Martin the son not favored by his father women would complete all of the farms work Caleb was too cheap to even hire a hand to help out in the harvest but instead relied on his trusty women to get the job done Judiths work was more satisfactory than that of any hired help he could get Amelia was worked so hard that she appeared old beyond her years to the point that She looked like an old tired woman Even the frail dim-sighted Ellen did more work around the farm than her brother Charlie It was the women who were the nucleus of the farm If the women didnt get their work done there were punishments It was Amelia whom Caleb
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