The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World - Part I, Chapter 6: "A Female Property" Summary & Analysis

Lewis Hyde
This Study Guide consists of approximately 47 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Gift.
This section contains 954 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World Study Guide

Summary

In this, the first of two historically oriented chapters that conclude Part One, Hyde discusses instances in which human beings are treated as gifts, namely marriage practices. He takes a passage from the Old Testament—“Let us take their daughters to us for wives and let us give them our daughters”—to be an insightful, if not problematic, point of departure. Hyde notes that inter-marriage between ancient tribes or clans serves no real economic function, but it does produce a cohesive community that operates according to the gift economy outlined in previous chapters. Hyde admits that this practice, while still referenced in some contemporary Protestant wedding liturgies, often disturbs modern understandings of justice and personhood. He is careful to note that women in ancient societies were not treated as chattel or commodities. A father may give his daughter as...

(read more from the Part I, Chapter 6: "A Female Property" Summary)

This section contains 954 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World from BookRags. (c)2018 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook