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Discuss the portrayal of women in the play Toronto, Mississippi by Joan Macleod.

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM via web

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Discuss the portrayal of women in the play Toronto, Mississippi by Joan Macleod.

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM (Answer #1)

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The two central women characters are diametrically opposed in characterization yet are portrayed as having a similar limitation. Maddie is frightened for her daughter's safety and role as she grows further into adulthood within the limiting condition of autism. Jhana is grown but has the mental, psychological and emotional development of a child. For example, after prompting to call her father "Dad," she instead calls him "Daddy say Dad." The limitation they share relates to the thematic question of the play: aren't both limited by disability to the same degree?

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