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It is man versus woman all day long endlessly Strindberg Do I agree with this statement after having read the play The representation we get of young Miss Julie through the gossips from the outset shows the plays investment I her degeneracy and ruin Strindberg portrays Miss Julie as being hysterical which was considered to be a female sickness in his days The setting of Miss Julie takes place on a Midsummers Eve which is a festival of pagan origins that is celebrated in the European region This can be seen as rather significant since a number of critics have associated the paganism of the festival to the lust of the characters It is also fairly predictable that Miss Julie and Jeans sexual encounter which can be seen as a negative meeting of class lines would occur during the period of the pagan festival This is so because it can be seen as an occasion for deception a time for rebellion against the moral confines of society and also a time for the crossing of social boundaries The play begins with Christine the cook and Jean the counts servant discussing Miss Julie their superior in the kitchen We are told through their conversation that Miss Julie is wild tonight which means that she is behaving in a rather vulgar manner dancing and frolicking with the servants and making unabashed advancements at Jean They then go on to speak about her broken engagement which has left her rambunctious or more simply put unruly This scene is very important because we are told that the reason for her fianceacute leaving her is as a result of her attempt to dominate him This scene also introduces us to Miss Julies sadistic ways Her attitude towards men can be seen as a result of heredity because her mother was a reprehensibly feminist woman who detested men Therefore it is comprehensible why she is alternately sickened by and drawn to
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