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I am going to discuss the representation of women in two Scottish contemporary plays I have studied. "Men Should Weep" by Ena Lamont Stewart and "Perfect Days" by Liz Lochead.

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I am going to discuss the representation of women in two Scottish contemporary plays I have studied. "Men Should Weep" by Ena Lamont Stewart and "Perfect Days" by Liz Lochead. Both plays portray women as very independent people. In "Men Should Weep", Maggie is the main female character. She is a housewife living in a male dominated society. The main theme of the play is her journey form oppressed housewife to self-empowered women. Whereas in "Perfect Days" Barbs the main female character is an extremely independent woman from the start and has worked hard to earn herself her own hairdressers. Maggie's husband John is a very self-centred character; he doesn't have a job or any notion to ever help around the house. Yet he thinks that is perfectly acceptable. Due to the way society was in that day and age then it said that once a woman wedded they automatically became their husband's property. This meant that they had no choice but to obey their husbands every demand. ...read more.

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Jenny, Maggie's eldest daughter runs of at the beginning of the play but returns at the end with money and the opportunity for Maggie and her family to escape poverty. Maggie grabs the opportunity despite John's requests. For Maggie this is a moment of self-discovery she can have the control of her own life now. "I can manage him ..... I can aye manage him" This is a very revealing line as it reveals that there is hope for things to change and get better. She is an independent woman. Whereas Barbs the main female character in "Perfect Days" is a very independent woman from the beginning of the play. She is financially independent due to her success in hairdressing. Spending her time between TV appearances and doing celebrities hair. A well grounded, hard working, strong woman. But don't be fooled she may seem to have everything but she doesn't. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I'm Pregnant . . . . . I want my mother" Finally Barbs has the baby she wanted but at the same time she lost someone she loved dearly. In conclusion the representation of the women in the two Scottish plays I have studied show that women don't need men to survive, that sometimes you're just better off without them. I feel that the representation of women in both plays reflect real women and the issues that are dealt with are ones that still reoccur every day. "Ena Lamont Stewart" the writer of "Men should Weep" really made her play highlight poverty and how bad it was, also the way that women were treated. Sadly this is something that a lot of women can still relate to. I feel that she was successful in doing this and showing what effects a male dominated society can have. "Liz Lochead" the writer of "Perfect Days" really expressed that women can be independent. That woman can make their own way in life and be just as successful as men if not even more. ...read more.

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