"Blood Relations" and Social Inequality Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

"Blood Relations" and Social Inequality
A review of the theme of inequality and subordination within Sharon Pollock's play, "Blood Relations."
# 103203 | 1,284 words | 0 sources | 2008
Published on Apr 29, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Drama and Theater (General)

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This paper discusses Sharon Pollock's play, "Blood Relations" which is a depiction of Lizzie Borden who was famous for allegedly brutally murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. The paper analyzes the play's concern with the idea of inequalities within gender, class and society in general. It shows how the main focus of the play is Lizzie's subordination to the men that control her life and her opposition to this control.

From the Paper:

"Blood Relations is a fictional look into the story behind the media story surrounding Lizzie Borden. Sharon Pollock centers the play on the various inequalities that Lizzie faces within a patriarchal context, and her frustration as a result of them. Pollock is able to demonstrate that Lizzie's extreme frustration, caused mainly by the social, class, and gender struggles, could most definitely have caused Lizzie to commit the murders. By focusing on Lizzie's struggles leading up to the murders, and the extremity of her social subordination and oppression, Pollock bestows incentive upon her character in relation to the brutal crimes. Although both in the play, and historically, Lizzie Borden was acquitted from her murder charges, Pollock does force her audience to question the outcome of social inequality."

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