Is there enough evidence to assume that the character Angie from Top Girls is actually retarded?Because a reason for her unusual behaviour so far in what I've read makes her seem that she may not...

Is there enough evidence to assume that the character Angie from Top Girls is actually retarded?

Because a reason for her unusual behaviour so far in what I've read makes her seem that she may not be exposed much, and at the same time suggest that her adopted mother could be right about her.

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appletrees eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there is some suggestion that Angie may be somewhat challenged in her social skills, and perhaps not as verbally adept as others her age. But I don't think the accusation of "retarded" that Joyce levels at her is accurate. Part of the motivation behind Joyce's words may have to do with her resentment at having to raise Angie as her own, when Angie is Marlene's child. Marlene says Joyce should be happy to have Angie because she couldn't have one of her own, "so you took mine," Marlene says. Then Joyce accuses Marlene of preventing her from having her own child, because she did manage to become pregnant, but says she lost it because she was so tired from looking after the baby Angie. Referring to Angie as retarded allows Joyce to express her anger and resentment about her sister's actions, as well as her resentment towards Angie.

jayesha | Student

the fact that Angie has only one friend that is Kit shows to some extent that she is a lonesome character who is unable to find a place in the society she lives in,especially with Joyce.While Marlene represents a "top girl" who has been able to strive to achieve success and has been able to create an identity of her own in the patriarchal space,Joyce has had to stay in the domestic space looking after Angie. Angie seems to be a frustrared child and that is why she is under-estimated by Joyce she is utterly oppressed in the domestic space.she has limited freedom and has a desperate desire for escapism.