A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by

Mary Wollstonecraft

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Dr. John Gregory Character Analysis

Gregory (1724-1773) was a Scottish Enlightenment physician and moralist. His book A Father’s Legacy to His Daughters (1774) was written in honor of his late wife and was only intended for family use, but his son published the work after Gregory’s death, and it became a bestseller in Britain and America. Wollstonecraft criticizes some of Gregory’s positions on women’s education and women’s interactions with men.
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Dr. John Gregory Character Timeline in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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Chapter 2
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...she might be considered arrogant for taking on writers on this subject from Rousseau to Dr. Gregory , but she believes that all of these writers’ works have served only to make... (full context)
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Wollstonecraft scorns writers like Dr. Gregory who urge women not to develop too much “delicacy of sentiment,” lest they be shocked... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Dr. Gregory ’s Legacy to His Daughters is another offender. His remarks on female behavior, Wollstonecraft says,... (full context)