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Suffer And Be Still is a powerful collection of essays This collection edited by Martha Vicinus documents the state of women in the 19th century Victorian England This time period is well known as a dark side in womens modern history because as seen through this book Women in the Victorian Age were discriminated degraded and psychologically abused at this time Men domineering at home in government education and professional life dictated a womans role Whether through popular culture as in the theater of the day women suffered a terrible fate at the hands of male dominated society It is my firm belief that this collection of essays points a horrific picture of womens fate during the Victorian era Regardless of wealth or status womens roles were carefully monitored and kept in check In this essay I will refer to the text in order to support my view that women were done severe injustice during this period In Victorian Theater the role of women during the Victorian Age can be seen in this form of popular culture When young women played male roles the roles were taken very seriously This can be seen through their costumes their roles that they played and the plays that were represented However when it comes to men playing the roles of females it was unlike the way in which female portrayed males As quoted from Vicinus pg 20 Men did not impersonate women seriously on the nineteenth century stage As seen from this quotation one can deduce that women of this time were not taken in a serious light Theater as a form of popular culture high-lites social differences as well as gender roles Therefore when womens roles were portrayed in a mocking fashion it can be seen as a reflection of the times and the stereotypes held towards women Another example which gives us an idea of how women were discriminated against can be found in Chapter 3
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