March Themes

Geraldine Brooks
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A Woman’s Place

Both Marmee and Grace suffer from the restrictions placed on American women during the nineteenth century. The difference is Marmee, a middle-class white woman, is able to voice her objections. She notes how difficult it is for women to gain a meaningful education, that they “are subjected to a course of study [music, drawing, languages] that is stultifying, oppressive, crippling rather than enhancing to [their] moral integrity and intellectual growth.” They are not allowed to engage in arguments or show any strong emotion. Marmee tries to ignore this tradition but is criticized for doing so, especially by her husband. When they first marry, she determines that if she has daughters, she will raise them to be free spirits.

Marmee tries without much success to control her emotions and actions. When she gets angry at Emerson’s apparent lack of conviction regarding...

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