The Kugelmass Episode

by Woody Allen

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What stereotypes does Allen project in "The Kugelmass Episode"?

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Woody Allen’s “The Kugelmass Episode” is filled with stereotypes of both men and women. The main character, Kugelmass, completely fits the stereotype of a bored, middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis. He is described as “bald and hairy as a bear.” He hates his dull life and is looking to spice things up with an affair. Allen writes Kugelmass’s wife, Daphne, as a nagging housewife who is always asking Kugelmass to explain his absences from the house and accuses him of an affair. At one point in the story, Kugelmass describes her as his “ball and chain.” Emma Bovary is at first written as the seductive temptress. She is described by Allen as sensual and flirtatious during her first encounters with Kugelmass. However, when she enters the real world with Kugelmass, Allen turns her into a clingy, needy woman who wants to spend all of his money.

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