Marriage And Marriage In Magaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace'

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I. Introduction A. Lead B. Refined Thesis Statement: Within Magaret Atwood 's "Alias Grace," the adversities faced by the fictional women posed by marriage, accurately represent the actual social issues of Ontario during the 1800 's. C. Three Supporting Arguments (Your Blueprint) Pre-Marriage: The promise of marriage could be used to manipulate woman. During Marriage: Marriage took away the self sustenance of woman Post-Marriage: When separated from the husband, the woman resorted to some form of prostitution to survive. II. Body A. Topic sentence: Your topic sentence will consist of your Thesis and supporting argument. Nancy Montgomery, a servant to Mr. Kinnear, has affairs with him in hopes of being married for economic gain, but…show more content…
C. Topic sentence: Your topic sentence will consist of your Thesis and supporting argument. Upon desertion, Ms. Humphrey 's lack of the means of sustenance, meant she was forced to trade her body for Dr. Jordan 's assistance. 1. POINT PROOF: "Becoming divorced [or desertion] may result in a loss of income or status and, therefore, downward social mobility [for women]." (http://opentextbc.ca/introductiontosociology/chapter/chapter9-social-stratification-in-the-united-states/#section9.2.) COMMENT: Due to the wife 's dependency on her husband, as created by society 's ideal role for woman, the wife will suffer a loss of her husband 's assets and subsequently, a downward movement in social class as the assets that warrant it no longer exist. Assets not only include wealth but the means of acquiring wealth as well. 2. POINT PROOF: “Women like me have few skills that they can sell”. (Atwood 166) COMMENT: Ms. Humphrey explains she possess no practical skills to sustain herself, as her husband deserted her. As a result, she moves down in social class, as she no longer has the assets of her husband to warrant her place within the upper-class. She then offers Dr. Jordan to trade her body for his assistance, as it 's the only asset of value
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