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ommentary On An Extract From Miss Julie by August Strindberg

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Commentary On An Extract From "Miss Julie" by August Strindberg The first few pages of "Miss Julie" reveals a few aspects of the characters of Jean and Miss Julie, it foreshadows the events that may happen later on in the play and it reveals the gender and class discrimination. The theme of class discrimination and rigidity is shown in the play. The setting of the scene also reveals the issues in the play. The opening scene also charts how the lower classes were trying to rise in society. Through the play Strindberg wanted to show what he felt was the position of women in society. He believed that they were supposed to have a lower position then men and not supposed to have a high position in society. The opening scene in the play hints at these beliefs of Strindberg and they become more pronounced as the play progresses. The commentary will attempt to analyse the first few pages of the play. Miss Julies' and Jean's characters are all partially revealed in the opening scene of the play. ...read more.

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The wine and the wine glass were symbolic of the higher class of society which Jean wished to be a part of while the beer represented the lower class of society which Christine was content with. Miss Julie's dog mating with the gamekeeper's pug is symbolic of Miss Julie and Jean. It also serves the purpose to foreshadow the sexual encounter between Miss Julie and Jean. The horsewhip that Miss Julie commands her fianc� to jump over is symbolic of her desire to dominate over men. The theme of class rigidity and discrimination is shown in the opening pages of the play. We see Christine working hard by the stove and frying pan even though it is Midsummer's Eve. She is not complaining and is quite content with her position in the society. Christine is standing at the stove, frying in a pan.2 She does not want to take part in the ball because she is quite happy with her place. Jean and Christine start discussing Miss Julie's involvement in the servant's party on Midsummer's eve. ...read more.

Conclusion

This incident also foreshadows the theme of a degenerate woman. Jean calling Miss Julie "mad" is what shows this. The setting of the kitchen is an interesting technique used by Strindberg to show the class rigidity in the play. The whole play takes place in the kitchen. It is a symbol of class rigidity in the play. It was where the servants were supposed to be and the owners of the house were never supposed to enter. When Miss Julie entered the kitchen it was symbolic of her breaking all the class barriers. It also foreshadowed her doing the same. In conclusion it can be seen that the opening three pages of Miss Julie express Strindberg's ideas of the lower class and higher class. These pages hint but do not fully reveal Strindberg's view of woman and class discrimination. The opening pages of the play also introduce the main theme of class discrimination into the play. The foreshadowing in these pages plays an important role in telling us what is going to happen and builds up the play very well. Word Count: 1093 1 Strindberg, August, Miss Julie, page 4. 2 Strindberg, August, Miss Julie, page 3. 3 Strindberg, August, Miss Julie, page 3. xxxxxx Year 11 ...read more.

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