Ives is the great American Composer with strong spiritual values. He wrote an essay about Thoreau and a musical movement called Thoreau in his Concord Sonata No. 2. Thoreau lived from 1817 to 1862 and graduated from Harvard. Ives lived from 1874 to 1954, graduated from Yale, and made a fortune in his life insurance business. Thoreau made a modest living and was supported at times by Emerson.
Thoreau wrote an essay-“Woman in the nineteenth Century.”He has urged on Woman independence of Man. he wishes Woman to” live, first for God’s sake” Then she will not make an imperfect man her God and thus sink to idolatry .Then she will not take what is not fit for her from a sense of weakness and poverty… By being more a soul, she will not be less Woman, for Nature is perfected through spirit..
We live in 2017 when many women still live in poverty. Where is the solution for this?
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First, choose the right man or be strong enough to live alone. I just saw a film about Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. She was a talented artist, but put aside her career to act as maid, cook, secretary, and sales rep for Pollock. Pollock, a womanizing alcoholic, treated her like dirt…and she stayed. Women must put financial independence before partnership. Look at the man…and ask, How can he hurt me? Will he make my life better?