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The Women's Room

The Women's Room takes place between the 1940s and the 1970s, during the inception of the women's movement. This work reflects many of the gender norms and restrictions that affected women in the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 2:29 am UTC

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There is a lot that one could say about Norman, but overall he is an uninvolved and controlling spouse. Mira raises the children and maintains the household, and Norman spends most of his time at...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 7:39 pm UTC

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Let's start with the roles of Bliss, Adele, and Natalie. Who are these women? They're the three primary women that Mira becomes friends with when she moves into the new neighborhood. When we look...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 2:20 pm UTC

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In the incident in question, Mira escapes being gang-raped in a bar after Lanny deserts her. The significance of this traumatic episode is that it effectively forces Mira to seek security in the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 5:26 am UTC

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One significance of the $300 check to Samantha might be how it reinforces Mira's contempt for Norm. Even though she married him, Mira doesn't seem to think too highly of Norm. She labels him "a...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2020 8:46 pm UTC

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In chapter 7, Mira has moved to Cambridge. She is thinking about her former life and her identity and how it contrasts with the younger people of Cambridge. By the end of the chapter, Mira...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2020 2:09 pm UTC

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After fifteen years of miserable marriage to a man who had promised her safety but actually gave her little more than a servant's job, Mira is more than ready to live life on her own terms....

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 10:42 am UTC

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It is important to be careful to not be overly general when describing the women of the 1950s. As Marilyn French's novel shows, women in the 1950s, like right now, have unique traits, goals, and...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 2:44 pm UTC

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In The Women’s Room, Mira enters a romantic and sexual relationship with Ben while they are in graduate school. Part of their compatibility stems from the fact that each of them had decided to...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 4:50 am UTC

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