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Doris Lessings A Woman on a Roof allows us to understand how some men view woman as mere objects for display and possession Lessing shows how each of the male characters reacts and deals with rejection from a woman sunbathing on a nearby rooftop We discover how three mens preoccupation with sex keeps them unaware of how their advances may be unwanted and ignorant of their actions possible consequences All three men share the desire to get this womans attention Working on a rooftop of a block of flats in the hot hot sun these men seek a diversion from the relentless heat They whistle yell and wave at a near naked woman on a rooftop nearby but the woman pays no mind to them Their isolation on the rooftop and the womans relentless indignation fuels the mens decent into a world of lewd behavior thereby creating an atmosphere of harassment and rejection They become taunted by this womans indifference towards them All three men have distinctly different attitudes towards the situation they have created Each has experienced rejection from women In fact each displays a level of hardness that affects his attitude They each react differently to the womans indifference and each take his efforts to different levels Tom the youngest represents a primary level a man untouched by rejection Stanley the instigator clearly at a secondary level to Tom shows a man slightly touched by rejection Stanley hates the blows of rejection to his manhood Harry on the other hand represents a final level where he considers the womans presence trivial He is long since married and possibly has suffered many indignities with regards to the scowls of women The three men momentarily find distraction from the heat as they become obsessed with the sunbather s exact location They report her movements to one another Stanley likens her presence on her roof to a crime gotten away with He states that he would
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