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Are Pat Barkers Union Street and Beatrix Campbells Wigan Pier Revisited the Same Text Union Street by Alice Barker is a novel about different stages in womens lives It starts out with a young girl who gets raped and ends with a dying old lady on a park bench We get to follow the women through their problems such as bad marriages money problems and getting old The novel is written in the 1980s and is set in the poorer parts of London This essay is going to discuss if this novel is the same text as Wigan Pier Revisited which is a text about poverty and politics in the 80s where the biggest losers are the women It is going to look into three areas that is the bigger part of a womans life at this time and place This essay is going to examine following features marriage money and the problems that comes with getting old In Union street most of the women are forced to get married to men they do not love Mostly because they are pregnant but also because they feel like they have to get married to make it into a better life style In most cases this ends with a disaster where the women are abused and supposed to stay at home to take care of the children and the household not to work In Wigan Pier revisited we can read about how the women are beginning to take back their power from the men About how they do not accept that they are abused and they can manage to take care of themselves and do not necessarily have to get married just because they are pregnant Here we can see a big difference between the two texts in Union Street it would almost be catastrophe to be pregnant and not married while it is not in Wigans Pier Revisited In Wigans
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