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In the preface to his play Miss Julie Strindberg states that a modern woman who tries to be equal to a man implies a retro-gressive step in evolution an inferior species who cannot endure p 68 Strindberg As is notable from this quote Strindberg believed passionately in the inferiority of women to men and his portrayal of this conviction in his female characters has made his name synonymous with misogyny In this essay I will discuss how this becomes apparent in both Miss Julie and The Father In Miss Julie Miss Julie herself is the plays twenty-five-year-old heroine Fresh from a broken engagement which was ruined because of her attempt literally to train her fianc like a dog Miss Julie has become absolutely crazy p 76 Strindberg making shameless advances to her valet Jean on Midsummer Eve In his preface to the play Strindberg discusses what motivates Miss Julie her mothers primary instincts her father raising her incorrectly her own nature and the influence of her fianc on her weak and degenerate brain p 65 Strindberg He also cites as influences the absence of her father the fact that she is menstruating the sensual dancing and flowers and finally the man Strindberg is interested in psychology and this list is his diagnosis of what he considers Miss Julies sickness The symptoms of this sickness are similar to contemporaneous symptoms of the hysteric Traditionally considered a female disease hysteria in Strindbergs day was increasingly used to refer to a disturbance in female sexuality - namely a womans failure or refusal to accept her sexual desires Strindberg probably meant for us to read Julie as a hysteric for she is simultaneously disgusted and drawn to men and is both nonsexual and seductive Raised by an empowered mother who abhorred men Julie is horrified by sex yet is willing to play the lascivious coquette Her hatred of men leads her to attempt to enslave them sadistically Ultimately
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