“Top Girls” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” relate to contemporary political issues and feminism. Top Girls is regarded as a unique play about the challenges working women face in the contemporary business world. Churchill once wrote; ‘Playwrights don’t give answers, they ask questions’; she is proving this in Top Girls. She brings up many tough questions over the course of the play, including what success is and if women’s progress in the workplace has been a good or a bad thing. Margaret Atwood wrote a novel named The Handmaid’s tale, this is a novel that had been written from a feminist perspective. However, given that both the novel and the play are about feminism the difference in the time they were written and published has an impact on
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They also have no thought to anyone’s feelings. The effect that Churchill is signifying is Marlene’s masculine characteristics because Marlene seems to be a very manly character, in the way she acts rather than the way she looks. This being because she is an independent woman. This would come as a shock towards people living through their times because women were not known to be capable of doing anything other than domestic labour. The women’s ignorance towards the way society was supposed to be run is shown throughout the play; by Churchill showing the women talking over each other, just to get their view across.
Marlene; Let the what?
Nijo; It is a literary allusion to a tenth-century epic, / his majesty was very cultured.
Isabella; this is the Emperor of Japan? / I once met the Emperor of Morocco.
Another thing that shows the women as being unemotional; is that when a serious topic comes up they do not show any emotion, this alienates the readers from the characters making the audience ask questions about how many career women have chosen their success in their life over their compassion.
Nijo; my thin gowns was badly ripped.../he’d a green rope with a scarlet lining and
Marlene; are you saying he raped you?
Nijo; very heavily embroidered trousers.
In comparison to this, the lack of