Fuller, Margaret. "The Great Lawsuit".
- it is the destiny of Man to ascertain and fulfil the law of his being
- Men = both man and woman as the two halves of one thought
"Four Kinds of Equality"
- the thought of equality shows itself in four kinds:
(1) household partnership: provider + housekeeper
(2) mutual idolatry: not a pleasing subject of contemplation
(3) intellectual companionship: Godwin's vindication of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft
(4) religious companionship: includes also all the others
"Great Radical Dualism"
- woman must connect outward condition with inward tendency
- woman = a harmonizer of the vehement elements
- the artistic aspect + the intellectual aspect of woman
- especially feminine element = Femality = living model of the artist (rather to inspire a poem than to create it)
- exceptions: man partakes of the feminine in the Apollo, woman of the masculine as Minerva
- let the soul work as she will, no matter whether of man or woman
- relations: to be fit for relations, man or woman must be able to do without them
- an individual or society living too much in relations fall into imbecility
- union is only possible to those who are units
- e.g. Wordsworth, Byron who write about their sisters
- woman must not let herself be led and taught by man but by herself
- e.g. Goethe's woman characters in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship are the centre of relations, herself unrelated
- in a marriage the woman does not belong to the man, but they form a whole
- a woman too is to pursue Truth and Love
- woman should be both Victoria (triumphant power) and Virginia (purity)
AuthorFuller, Margaret. (1810 - 1850).
Full Title"The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women".
First PublishedIn: The Dial. Boston: 1843.
Fuller, Margaret. "The Great Lawsuit". (1843). In: The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym et al. NY: Norton, 1989.