My Analysis of “To the Ladies” by Mary, Lady Chudleigh 

 

  

 

This song was written to attack on marriage and women’s role in the eighteenth century, that a wife was merely a “servant” to her husband.  Her husband is considered as God, dictating every move of her. 

 

  

 

Marriage should be sacred.  It should be a marriage of binding the love between the two, not binding the freedom of one.  Her song portrayed marriage as a fatal knot binding wives to their husbands with only one purpose: to serve and obey their men.

 

  

 

This song was written to resent the status of women and how they were being treated in the eighteenth century, with no freedom of their own, confined to the grave of marriage.

  

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