While reading “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” I kept going back and forth over whether it was primarily an Enlightenment or Romantic argument. Even now I could not say for sure whether it was one or the other but believe that there are elements of both. Throughout the introduction and first two chapters Wollstonecraft uses the argument of reason which is primarily an Enlightenment idea. She refers several times to woman’s lack of education and the view that they are animals instead of rational human beings. She says, “the neglected education of my fellow-creatures is the grand source of misery I deplore; and that women, in particular, are rendered weak and wretched,” (290) conveying that she believes education to be a source of power and if women had it they would be seen with more equality. They would “cherish a nobler ambition, and by their abilities and virtues exact respect” (291). Wollstonecraft also points out how men don’t see women as “human creatures” but view them as “in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone” (292). Furthermore Wollstonecraft ends her introduction saying that, “intellect will always govern,” which once again is an Enlightenment idea. In contrast to reason she often brings up the concept of morals and love and also uses flowery language even though she claimed she wouldn’t. For example she says, “to gratify the senses of man when he can no longer soar on the wing of contemplation” (296). She appeals to nature and love in chapter 2, “the course of nature.-Friendship or indifference inevitable succeeds love,”(300). Wollstonecraft uses manly arguments like this which tend to be of Romantic sentimentality. Also the opening line of the introduction Wollstonecraft wonders whether the inequality seen in her time comes from nature or civilization which I think foreshadows the use of both in her arguments. Therefore I can only conclude that Enlightenment and Romantic arguments are used equally.