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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)


  • Author

    Fuller, Margaret. (1810 - 1850).
  • Full Title

    "The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women".
  • First Published

    In: The Dial. Boston: 1843.
  • Form


Works Cited

Fuller, Margaret. "The Great Lawsuit". (1843). In: The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym et al. NY: Norton, 1989.


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