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Characterization of Feminism in Top Girls Caryl Churchills play Top Girls contains many social observations about the modern woman This is done mainly by great characterization In the play Top Girls we come to know many women both modern and historical who appear to be extremely successful At the time this play was written in 1982 feminism and the successes of the modern business women was an earthshaking movement that had an extreme effected on society This feminist movement is the backbone that shapes all of the characters in the play Top Girls The characters in Act I Scene I p 1604 of Top Girls stand as symbols of successful women in various times and places through out the past 1200 years In this scene Marlene who has been recently promoted to head of the Top Girls Employment Agency is hosting a dinner party for other successful women in history to celebrate with her The guest include Pope Joan of the 9th Century Isabellas Bird a well traveled Scottish woman of the 19th Century Lady Nijo a 13th Century courtesan to the Japanese emperor and later a Buddhist nun Dull Gret a hearty peasant woman pictured battling the devils in hell in a 16th Century painting and Patient Griselda a devoted wife who appears as a character in Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales Each of these women share a common thread they succeeded in a male dominated world by ignoring 2 their own femininity and taking on male roles or male characteristics in order to come out on top The highest of these feminine roles that each character forsake is that of being a mother Each character has lost or given up a child in some way or anther in order to gain independently in the successful role that she has taken on An example of this accrued on pg1609 when Joan confesses that she was pregnant when she was the Pope
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