Judy Brady's I want a wife

Length: 3 Pages 688 Words

At some point in our lives, we have wanted to have someone else do things for us. These things range from doing chores and tasks, such as laundry and cooking, to just keeping us satisfied in life, dealing with our mental, physical, social, and sexual needs. In Judy Brady’s essay, “I Want a Wife”, she explores why she would like to have a wife. Brady’s style and structure contribute to her theme of female repression. Various style techniques, such as repetition and irony, are used along with the structural technique of using levels of intimacy. One of Brady’s main style techniques is the use of repetition. She is constantly describing what she wants in a wife and the duties that the wife should take care of: “I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife’s duties.” Brady believes that the wife does everything and the husband does nothing but expect his wife to do everything. Her repetition of “I” shows the husband’s selfish viewpoint: “I want a wife who will work Continue...

Her message then sinks in because she constantly reinforces this point of view. The use of repetition allows Brady to show the husband's selfish viewpoint. Even though these ironic views may not be all accurate, they help her to make her point more strongly. In addition, Brady is also very direct in the details she uses while repeating the issues that concern her: "I want a wife who will plan the menus, do the necessary grocery shopping, prepare the meals, serve them pleasantly, and then do the cleaning up while I do my studying. and send me to school and "I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean. The structural technique of using levels of intimacy is a third main factor that contributes to Brady's theme. Brady arranges her paragraphs from the least intimate relationship, her children, to the most intimate relationship, her husband's sexual needs. In all honesty, who would not want a wife to do everything for them and satisfy all of their needs I know I would not mind having one. Structural levels of intimacy demonstrate that in a marriage the wife does everything to please her husband and does not take time for herself. Furthermore, Brady wants "a wife who is sensitive to my sexual needs, who will make love "passionately and eagerly...who makes sure that I am satisfied. As well, Brady would also like to have a wife take care of her physical and social needs: "I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, "who cooks the meals, "who will care for me when I am sick and a wife who will take care of my social life. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children. The most ironic element about Brady's essay is that she has allowed herself to become a wife, and is now regretting it, wanting a wife of her own. Right from the start of the essay irony is used, beginning with the title because the reader assumes the author is male.