Fay Wedon's 'Weekend' a Feminist Analysis Essay

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Fay Weldon’s short story ‘Weekend’ is a strongly feministic and satirical fiction about a weekend of a wife and working-mother in the 70s. The story concerns a well-off English middle-class family, at their country cottage. The central focus is on Martha, and much of the writing represents her stream of consciousness as she struggles to ensure that her family and guests are properly looked after. The misleading title soon proves to be an ironic comment on the weekend that Martha has to endure rather than enjoy, while she also struggles with social expectations of women from her husband and other adults.

The first paragraph alone serves to set the tone of the story, while also demonstrating a predominant theme, of gender inequality.
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The direct speech used when stating ‘(‘Pork is such a dull meat if you don’t cook it properly’: Martin’)’ emphasised how it would make you feel when being talked at like that.

The narrative syntax, and specifically the structure of paragraphs are directly linked to the protagonist’s lifestyle of being extremely busy and the need to be efficient. This is demonstrated by the very short and regular paragraphs. When reading the things Martha worries about and the strict ways in which she has to do them from pages 312 to 313, a distinct pattern can be seen. Most paragraphs begin with the name of what is tormenting her, before being repeated after an interjection like ‘Food. Oh, food!’ (Weldon,1988,P.312). This technique seems to connote the quantity and importance of the things that she has to abide by, but also hints at the critical attitude of the author towards her choice to do it. The punctuation in these paragraphs is also notable ‘Martin likes slim ladies. Diet.’ These short sharp sentences could be reflecting her frustration at his behaviour and of course they reflect the harsh ways in which the character Martin would say them.
The use of cacophony in the sentence starting ‘Knock, knock. Katie and Colin arrived’ (Weldon, 1988, P.316) serves to connote the shock discomfort anyone would feel being woken up

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