Gender and Grotesque in Marsha Norman Selected Plays: A Psychological study.
College Of Basic Education Research Journal,
2022, Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 859-877
This study is about Marsha Norman’s Night, Mother, and Traveler in the Dark are two of her best-known plays and often criticized. Norman uses grotesque images in the portrayal of the plays’ incidents and characters, and the implications of gender roles found therein. Norman’s works are well known for her care to violence committed by men upon women. This study aims to explore Norman’s treatment of gender and violence using elements of the grotesque from the psychobiological side. While much criticism of Norman’s works suggests that she uses grotesque violence to bemoan the victimization of women. My point of view is that Norman's handling of gender discloses that, irrespective of sex, individuals who fight to adapt to the prescribed roles of gender presented by society to them are grotesque and problematic.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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