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The play Top Girls by Caryl Churchill was written during the second-wave feminist period in which women aimed at gaining equal rights, particularly in the workplace. The play focuses on Marlene, a...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019 6:09 am UTC

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Aside from being sisters who are both mothers to Angie (Marlene is Angie's biological mother, while Marlene is her acting mother), the two women represent two very different ways of life. Marlene...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2015 7:41 pm UTC

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Works of imaginative literature are conventionally divided into poetry, fiction, and drama. Poetry is written in verse. Although some dramas are composed in verse, such as many of the plays of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2017 10:32 am UTC

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Feminist concerns arise throughout Top Girls. Looking at a contemporary woman in her work and personal lives, the play also introduces prominent women of past historical eras. Rather than...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 9:36 pm UTC

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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill was first produced in 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and British feminism was responding to the synthesis of socialism with post-modernist feminism...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 12:04 pm UTC

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Caryl Churchill begins Top Girls with a dinner party attended by famous women from history and literature. The first to arrive is Isabella Bird, who was a Victorian explorer and writer. Churchill's...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2020 3:48 pm UTC

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The role of women in society is one of the themes in Top Girls. We see examples of male domination in Marlene's job at the employment agency. Marlene interviews Jeanine for a possible job...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 6:29 am UTC

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Angie had always believed that Joyce was her biological mother. But as it turns out, Joyce is her aunt; it's the woman she thought was her aunt, Marlene, who's actually her mother. The realization...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 8:38 am UTC

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The main characteristic that all the Top Girls characters have in common is that they are female. In addition, as suggested by the title, they all excel in some way. Caryl Churchill also suggests...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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Marlene is conflicted about many things in her life, including her lack of a loving relationship with a man ("Oh, there's always men," she says breezily to her sister) and her inability to have a...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

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In Top Girls, Churchill is scathing about the relative lack of opportunities available for women in Thatcher's Britain. Despite the election of the country's first female prime minister, most women...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 7:30 pm UTC

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In this scene, Marlene is conducting a job interview with a young woman who has no idea what sort of job she wants. This scene, in which we see a rare side of Marlene in which she display...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 12:57 pm UTC

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The play is concerned with commenting upon women's roes and impact upon society. The first act's restaurant meeting of several women from history and art, being interviewed by a contemporary woman...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 6:05 am UTC

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The play asks us to consider what price a woman must pay to attain success in a man's world. The successful women in the play have had to emulate men in order to be successful. They show themselves...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2008 3:11 pm UTC

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Despite the many problems that the main characters have, both the contemporary characters and the historical ones, there are also many achievements celebrated in this play. One point Churchill...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 9:59 am UTC

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Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 10:48 am UTC

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Throughout Top Girls, Churchill shows both sides of women's lives under the early years of the Thatcher government in Britain. This was a time when the entrepreneurial spirit was greatly...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 5:29 pm UTC

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The play Top Girls manages to both detail the many positive strides women have made in history and also make it clear how far they still have to go. The first act of the play has several women from...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2011 12:12 pm UTC

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The play portrays a number of female characters from very diverse geographic areas, historical eras, and social class. By allowing these very different women to converse in real time with one...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008 1:10 pm UTC

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Generally speaking, the play takes a pessimistic view. On one level, Marlene is portrayed as an assertive and successful woman who has achieved a considerable level of competence in her job, She is...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 5:31 am UTC

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The association of Caryl Churchill’s works with socialist and feminist interpretations is linked to her attention to power as manifested in class and gender inequalities. Her most well-known plays,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 7:18 pm UTC

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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"...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2009 12:44 am UTC

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The characters in Top Girls have several complex attitudes towards their bodies. Pope Joan's attitudes are some of the more complex. She can't be fully at ease with her body, at least not in a...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2008 10:10 am UTC

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Isabella Bird is a nineteenth-century Scottish traveler who spends the first act talking about herself. She sometimes responds to what the others are saying, but she often only uses what they say...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 11:02 am UTC

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Very interesting question posed at the end of #2. I do think that the gender of the author of course is so important for their style of writing, but at the same time I do believe that good authors...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 4:04 am UTC

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Marlene is a social opportunist in that she does not have flesh and blood friends, she prefers to surround herself with long-dead or fictional characters to associate with. Marlene puts herself...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2007 1:55 am UTC

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The play is an exploration of women's roles throughout history, as the unusual and fantastical first act shows. Marlene interviews various women from history and invites them to talk about their...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 5:36 am UTC

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When examining a work through a feminist lens, you can analyze the extent to which it contains elements that challenge traditional notions of womanhood and a woman's role in society. Top Girls has...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020 7:02 pm UTC

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