When a Woman Isn’t in the Mood | Analytical essay

Marriage has evolved in radical ways over the past half-century. In today’s society, men and women value different traits in prospective spouses, where respect and equality play a big role in a relationship.

As marriage before the twentieth century featured relatively rigid gender roles, it may be difficult to figure out what the roles are supposed to be in modern society, leading to an old-fashioned and a twenty-first-century clash. What is a good marriage? And what should we expect from each other?

Initially, Prager’s opening paragraph to his article, makes him appear trustworthy, but the way he portrays women makes him seem like a less than appealing author.

In the opening message, he recognizes that people are dealing with everyday issues, as well as saying that he knows his advice is unconventional. The author includes himself in the “us”, leveling himself with the readers, creating trust.

Just before presenting the topic of the article, he defends it by asserting that the advice he is going to give has "been found extremely helpful, sometimes even marriage-saving, from listeners to my radio show, which features a “male-female hour” every week.”

Leaving the reader speculating about what marriage-saving advice he must have, he is establishing himself as a trustworthy person, with experience in the field, thereby appealing to ethos.

As an ending to his introduction, he presents the subject; “the wife who is ‘not in the mood’” (ll. 8-9).

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