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A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. 

Maya Angelou, an activist of the civil rights movement, points out the difference between ‘wish’ referring to ‘enemy’, and ‘refuse’ ascribed to ‘victim’. The wish of the wise woman in question emphasises her prudence to keep control over her own emotions or aggressions when being attacked as well as subtlety sending out the signal ‘you better don’t want to have me as your enemy! Here, the possibility for reconciliation is still within reach. The refusal of being a victim, in contrast, it much stronger, and explicitly expresses the activist decision by the women made with fierce determination. She as the subject gains power for her own sake.

 

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