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

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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?