Worksheet: “Short Story and Essay as a Medium for Understanding the Role of the Wife in Women’s Family and Community Experience”

Are the themes or perspectives found in a piece of fiction any less real than those found in an essay? In either case, a perspective is shared to convey a message about a topic. You can gain insight into a topic or experience and combine it with your own to make meaning and broader connections. In this week’s Assignment, you explore social change themes related to the role of the wife in a family and community context.

To prepare for completion of this worksheet:


  • Review Brady’s “Why I (Still) Want a Wife” and Porter’s “Rope” and apply literary criticism techniques:

    • Question the motive of each author.

    • What are they trying to communicate about the role of “wife” and family and community experience?

    • How do they support their perspective on the role of “wife”?

  • Consider what comes to mind when you think of the term “wife” based on your own experience, family, and culture.

  • What are some key differences you notice between the essay and short story style?

    Download the Week 3 Worksheet document from this week’s Learning Resources.


  • Save the worksheet to your computer.

  • Follow the instructions on the worksheet as you complete the three required written responses.

  • Write your responses directly on the worksheet. This is the document that will be submitted.

 The song may be from any time period or country, but lyrics have an English translation available.

  • Summarize and paraphrase the song using proper APA citation rules.

  • Consider how the song offers a social change perspective related to women’s family and community experience.


Identify lyrics within the song that reflect the family and community themes conveyed in this week’s required resources by Ensler, Hamlet, Porter, or Brady.

Post an active link to the lyrics of the song you selected. Include the song title and name of the songwriter with your posting. Use proper APA citation rules.

I’ve attached the worksheet.