Fay Weldon Drama Analysis
Fay Weldon’s drama is notable more for its political content than for formal innovations. Her plays focus on women characters and their lives. They are feminist in that they explore issues that concern women and the ways that women communicate with other women and with men; however, despite raising awareness of women’s problems, they do not suggest major political change and, in fact, usually affirm the status quo. For example, one of Weldon’s major themes is the sexual politics of marriage, yet she repeatedly reaffirms that institution, ending her plays with marriage or with couples reunited after solving their problems. So while Weldon’s work contains feminist content, it is not politically radical.
Weldon’s drama contains humorous situations and dialogue, which make the plays enjoyable and the content palatable to a wide audience. Her characters speak in realistic, non-stylized language. Many plays contain scenes in which the dialogue or action concerns the ability of the characters to communicate; the words themselves become subject matter for the plays. The plays do not require elaborate sets, allowing the attention to focus on the interactions between the characters.
Permanance was Weldon’s contribution to a series of short plays by various playwrights performed and published together under the title Mixed Doubles: An Entertainment on Marriage. Weldon was the only female...
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