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Thesis Topic Caged Birds Gone Mad Women today tend to speak assertively for their rights However the social structures in which we live sometimes still make it difficult for us to actualize the full range of our creative abilities In literature as dated as fairy tales and Greek mythology writers have used characters who exemplified the caged woman In the fairy tales Sleeping Beauty is caged behind a wall of briars and Snow White is trapped inside a glass coffin Ironically both princesses were caged by a madwoman who was once a caged bird herself The Greek story of Medeas Revenge tells of Medea a woman who feels so rejected by her husband that she kills their children because their features and mannerisms are like those of their father The forgotten godmother the jealous stepmother and Medea all represent caged birds gone mad In Nancy Barrs play Mrs Cage Lillian Cage is a perfect example of a woman whose mobility has been reduced by mainly her marriage her social standing and upbringing Mrs Cage was trapped in a stifling marriage where she was simply a status symbol to her husband She helped him project the type of image he needed as an attorney Mr Cage paid her little attention after Elizabeth was born and this caused Lillians slow but obvious progression from a caged woman to a madwoman It may have begun with her ironing his shirts One of Mrs Cages favorite memories is of the times when Mr Cage had difficult cases and needed her to bring new shirts to the courthouse It seems her only real connection with him is in his shirts She had obviously become obsessed even to the point where it was obvious to Elizabeth who tells her to take the shirts to the cleaners Lillian becomes very upset with this suggestion-a sign to the audience of her rising anxiety Lillian is also bound
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