Oppression, Repression, and Depression in The Mai
This research paper presents an extremely pessimistic view of Irish womanhood and the place of women in the contemporary Irish society. Women’s oppression, repression and depression are not a new topic in literature, but in the past it was another factor in the continuation of male dominance and women’s inferiority. This paper explores the hopes and disappointments of four generations of women within one Irish family. Marina Carr’s play The Mai explores the oppression, repression, and depression of four generations of women who contempt their mistake. The life of women is full of sorrow because of their husband’s infidelity. They are totally devoted to their husbands. For instance, the protagonist of the play knows that her husband is unfaithful to her, in spite of that, she loves him and waits for him. This presents an extremely pessimistic view of Irish womanhood and the place of women in the society.
Moreover, this paper uses exploratory research method where it discusses problems and questions. It deals with qualitative research design because it concerns with human nature and behavior.
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