Although, these essays have a common theme they are spoken through two different voices.
In “I Want a Wife” a mother and coincidentally a wife is speaking about what a great responsibility all mothers and wives take on when raising a child.
In the essay “I Want a Wife” the author, Judy Brady writes, “I want a wife who takes care of the children when they are sick, a wife who arranges to be around when the children need special care, because of course, I cannot miss classes at school.
Should this be acceptable or do fathers need to take the initiative to take care of their children more?
The author is indirectly using a simile to compare a father to a boss at work.
However, in the opposing essay, “Not All Men Are Sly Foxes” the author states, “Even the terminology has changed: Males and females are referred to as mail “carriers” or “firefighters.“I Want a Wife” and “Not all Men Are Sly Foxes” share the same common theme: They stereotype the mother being the dominant parental figure in a young child’s life.There is no denying it small children rely on their mothers for love and care.In this situation, however, every un|experienced writer finds himself.Impressed with the terrors of the tribunal before which he is going to appear, his natural humour turns to pertness, and for real wit he is obliged to sub|stitute vivacity.Naturally, I will expect a fresh, new life; my wife will take the children and be solely responsible for them so I am left free.” In that exert and throughout the essay the author is treating being a wife like having a job.If, on the other hand, like labourers in the Magazine trade, I humbly presume to promise an epitome of all the good things that were ever said or written, those readers I most desire to please may forsake me.MY bookseller, in this dilemma perceiving my embarrasment, instantly offered his assistance and advice: "You must know, sir," says he, "that the republic of letters is at present di|vided into several classes.FOR my part, as I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in mak|ing my bow, I am at a loss whether to be merry or sad on this solemn occasion.Should I mo|destly decline all merit, it is too probable the hasty reader may take me at my word.