Discuss the the portrayal of women in the play Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson.

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Isobel is the central protagonist of the play. In the beginning, she serves a rather traditional female role: that of the caretaker, but with a distinct twist. Isobel is dead. She is a ghost in a purgatorial state, constantly reliving the moments before her death.

When she first crosses over from life to death, Isobel is filled with rage, but she soon transforms into that caretaker role. She seeks to watch over the living, protecting them from harm. She tries to warn them, but the dead and the living cannot communicate. She must watch as those she cares about, like herself, are doomed to repeat their mistakes.