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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
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Is ameriaca misogynist soceity

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American theatre, Jesse Schwenk Cheryl Jackson 04022300 Is America a misogynist society? Give reference to 2 plays When deconstructing text and trying to come up with a black and white answer about whether America is a misogynist society is something of a challenge due to the fact that contradictions are always going to appear. I believe that it is a matter of opinion and it is down to the interpretation of the reader whether or not America is in fact a misogynist society. However, exploring Arthur Millers, The Crucible, which is a play based on the Salem witch hunts in 1692 but is a reflection of McCarthyism which concerned Miller at the time he wrote the play in 1953 and also Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, I hope to find an answer in which I can argue to another fully, although in another opinion somebody else may disagree. An important part of my research is also going to include women's rights in America's society today and also in history. It is known that women have had fewer priorities than men, for example voting rights, throughout the 19th century this has changed and women now have a lot of the same rights as men. Women have always been regarded as homemakers and men as the breadwinners. It has also been the men that have predominantly been in power in politics. ...read more.

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we have the Napoleonic code according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa.'7 A Streetcar Named Desire raises harsh issues that people do experience in society today, for example Blanche gets raped by her sisters husband, 'in this climate we the loose structure and moral ambiguities of a streetcar named desire struck a chord of truth. Harold Clurman wrote in February 1948 that "its impact at this moment is especially strong, because it is virtually unique as a stage piece that is both personal and social and wholly a product of our life today"'.8 Rape is a subject that has always been around but maybe not as talked about as it should be, Feminist theorists and political activists have brought attention to three sexuality issues - rape, sexual harassment and woman battery. For many, these symbolize the exploitation women have suffered in male dominated societies. Only attacking and undermining the cultural support for these practices will secure the personal autonomy necessary for the pursuit of happiness. These problems raised by sexual intimidation and more importantly, their solutions, remained in the private sphere for centuries. In the 1960s and 1970s, the emerging women's movement brought them to the public agenda , both at the federal level in every state.9 So it was not until the 1960s that issue was raised politically in America, and it was only then that the laws changed so that this sort of behaviour became apparent in every state that it is unacceptable. ...read more.

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The way that miller writes the crucible and how the women are portrayed in that creates seeds in my mind as to what society was like in the 1950s when the play was written and how indifferent America is today, A Street Car Named Desire, although set in a different era was written at the same time and for me it although it may just be for theatrical purposes and to create a story which can be interesting for the viewer it still stays along the theme that women are of less importance to men by the fact that blanche is now a desperate women who was looking for love because of the hurt a man had caused to her. In the same instance Abigail in the Crucible her act of raising the communities superstition of devilish activities shows her desperation and she conjures the whole community into getting sucked in to this idea of witches and devil worshipping all because John Proctor did not love her back. Over the years there have been laws in America which meant that women had less priorities than men in which I studied in McBride Stetsons book. I have come to a final decision that America was a misogynist society but as it stands today I feel women are more or less equal with men. However what makes America a misogynist society is a mans depiction of a woman, and if the only two people I could look at were Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams then I would set my answer of yes America is a misogynist society in Stone. ...read more.

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