With A Sword In My Hand Analysis

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It can be inferred that her own personality, her denied rights of affection from her parents and other people’s perception of her drove Marguerite to undermine social norms for women in the medieval ages. The text With A Sword In My Hand, written by authors Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and Pat van Beirs, is explored through the perspective of Marguerite, Countess of Flanders. The text suggests that Marguerite’s natural personality of being outspoken, stubborn and strong willed, her desire to be loved by her family and her need to be accepted by society drove the fierce maiden to undermine social norms for women. The text proposes that Marguerite's general personality could have led her to defy social norms expected of women. Marguerite had been depicted as a vociferous, obstinate and headstrong girl born to be on the battlefield yet grown to…show more content…
This foreshadows the reason she felt the need to defy social norms for women; so she could become the child they'd hoped for. It can be surmised that Marguerite craved the affection of her parent’s, which she was deprived of due to her gender; thus foreshadowing another motive for her to contravene social norms for women. "'I'm not a creature … I am your daughter.'" Marguerite had stuttered as according to page 38, the fact that she had needed to clarify this shows as to how flawed her relationship with her father had been, leaving the question; Would Marguerite’s relationship with her father been stronger had she been a boy? Had she been a boy, she would have been a suitable heir for the throne and her boyish ations would have brung pride as opposed to shame; which brings back to the point of why she would have gone against the expectations for women, as she may have come to the conclusion that in order to receive the love of her parents, she would have to fulfil the role of a

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