An Independent Book Review In the Combat Zone. In the Combat Zone Essay By Leslie Marmon Silko Women seldom discuss our wariness or the precautions. This is what the author Leslie Marmon Silko believes, which is illustrated in her essay, “In the Combat Zone.” Silko writes this essay to acknowledge to women. Silko mentions her personal experiences where men have tried to hurt her; luckily she has proven to be able to defend herself. How has she.

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It is unfair for men to depict women as vulnerable prey of society because of their gender, just as it is unfair to disallow a vy person to drink from a white person’s water fountain because of the color of their skin.

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One issue that is lslie on the front burner is self-defense using guns, which provokes the current issue of gun control. Last summer, with a serial rapist roaming Ann Arbor, I asked my undergraduates to read an essay called “In the Combat Zone” by Leslie Marmon Silko, in which she argues that if women felt comfortable using firearms, they wouldn’t present such passive victims for men intent on harming them.

She went home and called for emergency help, but it took the park ranger forty-five minutes to get to her house “In the Combat” Although she was transferred to Atlanta, she finagled me a summer internship at the home office in Philadelphia and then found me a place to stay at a boarding house run by an elderly woman who used to work at the company.

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By doing this, Silko is contradicting one of her main points of empowering women. Silko was introduced to her first gun when she was twelve when she went on a hunting trip with her father. You may combxt already requested this item. Don’t have an account? This is true because it creates the feeling for the reader that the gun has served justice for killing a continuous rapist.

Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Women should be allowed the right to be equal to the rest of society. The personal experience story with the two drunken hunters supports one of her main points of women protecting themselves because they cannot always depend on the police and courts. Home About Help Search. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the tje In the combat zone Author: Silko is a strong believer for women carrying firearms.

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Write a review Rate this item: Clearly, she was one of those women who should have run a department rather than take dictation from the less competent men who did.

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Plummer, was a feisty raconteur who told me stories about the misdeeds of her former bosses, who were my bosses now. She believes women should not be victims of vulnerability. Back then, I was sure my parents’ prohibition against my living or traveling alone stemmed from nothing more than their old-fashioned sense that a woman was a fragile creature whose virginity needed to be protected, coupled with a willful denial of how resourceful I was.


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Cancel Forgot your password? Guns should be used for the sole purpose of protection by a trained police officer. She had been the first to test our parents’ wariness about a woman living on her own.

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Any woman out alone after dark is asking for trouble. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Silko’s argument is made more credible due to her experience with violence from strangers. Didn’t Anyone Tell You. Silko’s main purpose for writing the essay is to send the message to women that they need to defend their bodies and not to rely upon the police and courts to keep them safe.

Silko uses her personal experience stories as her main support in her argument to back up her thesis. This historical information fits in well with her argument for guns and empowerment of women. If women could learn to channel their fears of violence from strangers into non-killing forms, it could save many lives and emotional anguish. Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. Your list has reached the maximum number of items.

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