• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I am going to discuss the portrayal of men and masculinity in two Scottish plays I have studied. The plays are 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stewart' and 'Perfect Days' by Liz Lochead.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

I am going to discuss the portrayal of men and masculinity in two Scottish plays I have studied. The plays are 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stewart' and 'Perfect Days' by Liz Lochead. Both plays portray men under a negative light. In 'Men Should Weep' men are the dominant sex and are seen socially of far greater importance. Whereas in 'Perfect days' men are easily manipulated and tend to be controlled by the contents of their trousers. 'Men Should Weep' is a play which examines how the family unit crumbles under the pressure of poverty. 'John' the father of the family is the main male figure throughout the play. His wife Maggie does everything for him and their family. However although there is always a lot to be done John manages not to do anything to help as he would never want to damage his alter ego. Not only doesn't he help around the house but he is also unemployed. This says a lot about John's character and implies that he is a selfish self-centred character. 'I'd an idea a was heid o this hoose' Although John gives the family no support in anyway he is still quite content in thinking that he is head of the household. ...read more.

Middle

Throughout the play John manages to pick out quite a few of his own faults without even realising what he is doing. 'a mans nae right to bring weans intae the world if he canne provide for them' Nonetheless this is exactly what he has done, he has six children, no form of income and he has no notion in helping around the house. As the play progresses the reader begins to realise that the men are a far weaker and stupider sex than the women, also that the women are far stronger and intelligent. 'They canna stawn up tae things like a women, they loose their heids and start shouting' Men are portrayed to have little control over themselves and their actions. Unlike the women who are far more in control with themselves. When John has a conflict with his daughter this is displayed. Throughout the majority of the play men are seen to have a large control over women but as the play develops Maggie's journey from oppressed housewife to self-empowered women displays the power shift between the two. ...read more.

Conclusion

Brendan is an extremely 'feminine' character, he is used to show that male and females can have successful relationships. When Barbs attempts to have a baby are unsuccessful she turns to Brendan who happily agrees to try and have a baby with her. But whilst they are doing that Barb also has her 'toyboy' Grant on the side. Who doesn't know about Brendan and who Brendan doesn't know about. Grant is seen to give Barbs a lot of happiness but their relationship ends with Grant asking. 'Why are you so ashamed of me?' This portrays Grant as a very na�ve character as Barbs was only using him for a bit of fun the relationship as never serious, yet he looked upon it to be. In conclusion the portrayal of men and masculinity in two Scottish plays that I have studied are that they completely dominate the society. They are selfish self-absorbed characters. In "Men Should Weep" this is portrayed through John a very self-absorbed character. I think the writer's purpose was to show how bad the conditions were that people use to live in and some people still do. In "Perfect Days" the men are portrayed to be very stupid and weak characters. I feel that the writer's purpose was to show that women can cope without men. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Aldous Huxley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Aldous Huxley essays

  1. Throughout The Crucible the visual effects of the play indicate a lot about the ...

    He may have given up all hope and doesn't think that telling the truth will do him any good. The final act shows us more about Johns values in life, when he is asked to sign paper, admitting to witchcraft he becomes aggravated at the thought of losing his name, which is a very important part of his self pride.

  2. How do the authors of two texts you have studied express the reasons for ...

    I-330 is first regarded with extreme distaste as the features on her face remind D-503 of an X, an irrational motif for her personality and sexual allure, while S-4711 is constantly stooped and given snake-like mannerisms. Zamyatin represents how, by adapting peoples' names and even physical appearances, ultimately individualism is lost and collectivism emerges to the fore.

  1. How does the film 'Witness' show the clash between Amish culture and modern American ...

    Rachel laughs at John when he puts the clothes on as they are too small for him. They are obviously becoming closer, we can sense the intimacy between the. It shows he is starting to accept and fit in with the Amish way of life.

  2. "How do the directors of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and the Elephant Man convey ...

    The following sequence of events is quite a comical part of the film as Spielberg starts to emphasize the link between the two characters by mirroring effect. The camera cuts between the two settings for reaction shots of Eliot each time ET does something.

  1. Essay on Conflicts in two short stories: "The Quartet" and "The Snob"

    eyes of a father and the son writes volumes on disappointments and forgiveness: "As his father's blue, calm eyes stared steadily over the glasses, there was an instant when their glasses have met." In the case of the snob, a son who doesn't want to recognize his father, a loving,

  2. The Elephant Man - film review.

    The director questions Treeves if the conversation was scripted, and if he had told John what to say. Carr Gomm does not believe Treeves when he says it was not scripted and he says John will have to be moved to the hospital of incurables, because here there is nothing that can be done for him.

  1. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World presents a portrait of a society which is apparently ...

    The characters are similar in both books. In Brave New World Bernard, The Savage, and Helmhoz are very similar to Winston (in 1984)because they all are revolts against the established system. The ideas presented in Huxley's Brave New World are expressed as fundamental principles of utopia, which could be achieved by classism.

  2. Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    John: let me guess...does it have a pulse, legs, and a skirt and go by the name of Dr Scott? Ken: You know me too well john (Both men laugh as Dr Scott enters kens room) Dr Scott: Good to see you are in such a good frame of mind today ken!

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work