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Tutor profile: Briana L.

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Subject: Writing

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How do you write an academic essay?

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While writing an academic essay might seem hard, once you have a topic figured out it gets quite easy. Developing a thesis takes time an requires you to ask yourself why is this topic important, what do I find interesting, and 'so what'. While the 'so what' might seem random, it helps when thinking about your thesis statement and improving it to be more specific and direct. Once you have either a rough idea of what your thesis will be, read! Reading other journals, articles and books will help you understand how your idea works or goes against others thoughts on the same topic. Once you have an idea of the structure of your essay and what you will be referencing, come up with points that support your thesis. Most academic essays have more than 3 argument paragraphs that relate back to your thesis. Once the body is finished the conclusion is a summation of your body and introduction paragraphs.

Subject: Art History

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Do the images of children relate to the realities of Renaissance childhood?

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While images of children were in abundance during this time period, the depictions of them as healthy, happy and fat where contrary to what was occurring out in the world. As children were quite expensive to raise during this period as well as the plague that was sweeping through Italy at the time, the images of healthy children were used as a way to prayer for a healthy and happy baby. These images took on a talismaic power that allowed parents to imaging their young being well taken care of if they were sent away to a wet nurse or had died.

Subject: AP Art History

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What were the ideals and realities for Italian Renaissance families? Given the terrible, omnipresent constrictions (legal, financial, cultural, and religious) on women, were there ways in which women could carve out some autonomy, express themselves, and even have authority?

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Much of the current literature does not address women's autonomy during the renaissance period. While women would have been able to carve out time for themselves while their husbands were away, more often than not single women (and even sometimes married) were seen mostly as objects to be controlled by men. An author Dale Kent also brought up the fact that "marriage and the dowry system were the major determinants of female destiny," and how marriage was a social exchange between families negotiated by men. It was also interesting how Kent mentions how a widow would be pressured to return to her birth family, while Brundin et al noted how women could becomes the head of a home if their child was a minor. While these two accounts seem to be polar opposites, I am more inclined to believe what Kent is saying as it seems women's main job was to produce heirs and create social ties between families. Besudi's article, further enforces what Kent was saying about widows being pressured to return to their birth family if widowed as well as providing insight on how the socio-economic systems of different states changed how women were viewed. This reading also enforced the control men exceeded over their wives and daughters as laws were changed to strengthen patrilineal transfers of property as well as restricting what women could inherit as well as control monetary wise. It is interesting to note that a women's independence and autonomy depended on the men in her life, her class as well as wealth. Besides women who lived in rural parts of Italy, those in major cities had little to no authority over their life, as every major choice was dictated either by her husband or blood family.

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