Why I Want A Wife Essay

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Why I Want A Wife



 Why I Want A Wife

Judy Syfers originally published this article, “Why I Want A Wife,” in the Spring
1972 issue of Ms. magazine. In this article, Ms. Syfers presents a witty satirical view of
a women’s traditional role as a servant to her husband. When first published she used
her married name of Syfers, but now goes by Judy Brady. She is a free lance writer
and a political activist who earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Iowa.
Judy has been married, raised two daughters, and then returned to San Francisco
where she was born. She now devotes much of her time to the politics of cancer.
Judy Brady does a wonderful job of grabbing the reader’s attention. She has a
intriguing title that makes the reader more curious. She also has an anecdote that
makes the reader wonder why a woman would want a wife. Although Judy does not
have a long introduction to her article, she is effective in immediately gaining the
reader’s attention.
Ms. Brady accomplishes her purpose by using a variety of literary devices. The
one that is most prevalent is sarcasm. This is can be seen throughout the whole paper.
She is constantly using sarcasm to describe a wife’s role. ”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.” (303)
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