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Feminist analysis of mrs. rowland in `Before Breakfast`

March 30, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american history, history

Theme : The feminist viewpoint of Mrs . Rowland in `Before Breakfast written by Eugene O ‘Neill . Build a readable , informative , persuasive and interesting that discusses critical views

Title : Feminist analysis of Mrs . Rowland in `Before Breakfast


O ‘Neill , the master playwright , portrays strong , interesting characters with equally strong emotions in his plays . His play , `Before Breakfast deals with an exasperated woman confronting her husband ‘s joblessness and infidelity . This is a short play in the form of a monologue by the woman , Mrs . Rowland

Mrs . Rowland jabbers all through the [banner_entry_middle]

play expressing desperation , anger agony , and sheer disgust at her husband , Alfred ‘s penniless nature . Her full-throttled criticisation of Alfred ‘s ways leads to the denouement of the play – Alfred ‘s suicide

Character analysis of Mrs . Rowland

The of Mrs . Rowland ‘s small house in the beginning of the play portrays poverty . Mrs . Rowland wakes up tired and bitter . Her irritation is so intense that she goes to the extent of damning her apron whose strings refuse to oblige her in knotting up . In fact , the very first word that Mrs . Rowland speaks in the novel is Damn . It is from here that her character builds up

It was a fine day , It is about eight-thirty in the morning of a fine sunshiny day in the early fall ‘ but ironically did not seem to have any effect on Mrs . Rowland ‘s temper . Her demeanor is not at all pleasing , her hair is stuck up in a drab colored mass , her shapeless stoutness accentuated by her formless blue dress ‘ which is also shabby and worn ‘ speak volumes about her . This is hardly expected of a young woman in her early twenties

Even as her ranting of Alfred begins , we understand that she is definitely not the timid type of woman . She rebukes him in the most unrestrained manner . She had been working not just for one , but for both the people in the family . She had been contributing to the family in whatever small means she can . While he had been whiling away his time in poetry and in `playing the gentleman and loafing around barrooms with that good-for-nothing lot of artists from the Square , she had been working very hard

Even as Mrs . Rowland does regular household work like sweeping and cleaning , she doesn ‘t fail to rebuke him for dropping cigarette butts and ashes all over the floor . Her attitude bs on feminism advocating her opinion on the ground of equality of sexes . Why she only bs on feminism is because she does the job and doesn ‘t necessarily hand him over the broom to sweep the floor . This point is further accentuated when she tells him that she was making coffee for both . Yet to show her protest in some manner , she tells him that she wasn ‘t going to wait for him

Mrs . Rowland ‘s frustration towards his lackadaisical manner is so severe that she complains loudly of everything he does . Is she taking advantage… [banner_entry_footer]


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