scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 844
Gender Roles in Fool for Love A play written in 1983 Fool for Love written by Sam Shepard features a small setting with only a few actors With only a few actors a may seem that issues may be on a smaller level as well However there are gender biases throughout the play that exemplify the American culture The stage descriptions prove to be a powerful place to emphasize gender roles and also biases of them Furthermore description of each character can not only provide information as to how they might dress but also the type of person and or culturally gender biases can be viewed in them Additionally the way each character is represented in the way they act and or speak in the play represents gender biases in American culture Some may argue that Shepard had no intentions of placing these types of gender bias in his play I believe that each writer or playwright tries really hard to find perfect elements to their play or story A lot of times the best way to relate to the audience or add the perfect element to make the scene more powerful is to add pieces of everyday life that everyone is familiar with For example if I was to write a play but instead of using common American practices I used common pieces of German culture then how effective would it be on an American audience This is the reason it seems that the stage directions in Fool for Love are specific not so much in detail but to things that brings out American culture and even more specific gender roles An example that really comes to mind when thinking about this occurs in the struggle between Eddie and May just before Martin enters the scene About halfway down page 41 the stage direction reads She moves toward stage left door Eddie stops her She screams They struggle as May yells
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA