That much is fairly obvious.
That much is fairly obvious. What is interesting, though, is why he thought women should be educated. Defoe believed that women should be educated so that they could be better wives and companions for men.
In modern times, we believe in the West, at least that women should be able to go out and get jobs and contribute to the economy. Daniel Defoe wrote this essay to promote the idea that women should be educated. They should essentially be the same as men in economic terms.
But Defoe did not make this argument.
Instead, he argues that women would simply be more fun to be around if they were educated. As an example of this, look at what he thinks they should study.
He is not advocating that they study math and science. Instead, he says that they should be taught But besides this, they should be taught languages, as particularly French and Italian He does go on to say that they should read history books, but there is no talk of more practical subjects.
Instead, the idea is that they should be more "cultured" so as to be more interesting. Later in the essay, we see Defoe explicitly reject the idea of women participating in the same sorts of things that men do. He says I have added the bold letters Not that I am for exalting the female government in the least: A woman of sense and breeding will scorn as much to encroach upon the prerogative of man From this, it is clear that Defoe's reasons for wanting women educated are not modern ones.
Instead, he simply wants women to be more pleasant companions. He believes that this will happen if they are more educated.The 18th Century proudly referred to itself as the "Age of Enlightenment" and rightfully so, for Europe had dwelled in the dim glow of the Middle Ages when suddenly the lights began to come on in men's minds and humankind moved forward.
The great distinguishing difference, which is seen in the world between men and women, is in their education; and this is manifested by comparing it with the difference between one man or . Daniel Defoe, the author of “The Education of Women” also used rhetoric to convey his message about giving women equal education as men.
One of the devices he employed was analogy. “The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond; and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear” pg.
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