The Oppression and/or Liberation of Women in Drama
An examination of the dramatic representation of the oppression and liberation of women in the plays "Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw and "Hindle Wakes" by Stanley Houghton.
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This paper uses two plays from the beginning of the century, "Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw and "Hindle Wakes" by Stanley Houghton to examine the attitudes of the playwright and British society toward women. It deals with such issues as prostitution and marriage and shows how different the views of the turn of the century man can be. It looks at how the liberation and oppression of women are major themes in both plays and discusses how exactly which of the female characters in each play is liberated or oppressed is a more contentious issue and views of this are subject to the social climate of the contemporary audience.
From the Paper:"Mrs. Warren can also be seen as a liberated woman, for in actuality she is not legally attached to a man, and she makes her own way in the world. She has provided for herself and given her daughter a good life and a good education, so that Vivie does not have to make the same choices as her mother she may move in far better social circles with her mothers money than her mother herself can. In the same way that Vivie does not want a husband, and is therefore seen as a liberated woman because she has the opportunity to live her own life, nor does Mrs. Warren have or require a husband."
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