Presentation on theme: "Top Girls: Win and Nell pg 46-52 By Katrina and Katherine."— Presentation transcript:
Top Girls: Win and Nell pg 46-52 By Katrina and Katherine
Context Top Girls management agency → 1980’s → seeing a change in gender equality → rising number of women taking on authoritative positions → Marlene given the position of managing director early part of the play talks about different women in history who suffered under the patriarchal society and expectations → shows how far gender equality has come and evolved → comparison of their struggle however women are still victims of gender discrimination, have to overcome a lot, particularly working women who may face belittlement at work Looks at the life of Marlene, a fine example of an independent career woman seeking success
Character Both Nell and Win represent the rising number of independent, headstrong and able career women in the 1980’s Both share an indifference towards relationships
Win ●Constantly talks about her lovers rose garden, but never talks about the man himself → more attracted to what he has than the emotional/physical connection ●Has a married lover, regards the relationship as something “fun” → would have no misgivings about abandoning the relationship ○ “The minute its not secret I’m out on my ear” pg 51 ●Refers to herself and Nell as “tough birds” → knows that they’re doing very well
Nell an independent and high achieving career woman → places career over marriage o If I were to play house, I would play house ace o I could go on working and not marry him same tier in terms of ability and intelligence as Marlene, but much to her disdain, is not picked for the managing director → marlene chosen instead o “Oh yes. Aces” despite this she’s still glad Marlene was chosen over Howard, a male employee → believes in women’s rights→ compares the traits of women in a stereotypical male way to emphasise her point in female dominance o “Our Marlene’s got far more balls than Howard and that’s that.” however understands and adheres to societal conventions → when scouting for potential employees they place emphasis on first impressions and physical appearance o “If you’ve any really pretty bastards, Marlene, I want some for Prestel. o “Good looker?”
Use of Language Similarly to the opening scene, the 2 characters also interrupt each other at points o Pg. 46, 47 Gossiping → typical behavior associated with females, however they are really straight to the point → short, succinct responses → they don’t like to dawdle, reflects their personalities They speak like men, use of profanities → so they can thrive in the male dominated world of business o “Fuck that for a joke” - Nell, pg 51 When they talk about men they’re slightly condescending o “He’s not overbright” pg 48 o “Poor little nerd” pg 48 Talk about “playing house” pg 50 → the idea of being tied down to home doesn’t appeal to them → they treat domesticity as a joke, would cause setbacks to their careers
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