Fanny Fern’s “from Fern Leaves from Fanny’s Portfolio”


Fanny Fern’s “from Fern Leaves from Fanny’s Portfolio” and “from The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern” are both written in a straightforward style, which is characterized by a playful and sarcastic tone. She addresses the readers with an informal “you” and isn’t afraid to speak candidly and use exclamation points liberally. For example, one of the excerpts, “Owls kill hummingbirds” is a short piece written almost like a fable. It advises the reader that she should not marry a man who lacks a personality or a sense of humor because he will likely kill her spirit. The fire or the power in her satire comes from observations of relationships between men and women in everyday life. The aspects of life that she notes can still be found and examined in today’s world, especially between couples who are not equals in their relationship and/or marriage.

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