Task: to write a paragraph focussing on one particular character / occurrence in Act One and to explore it in terms of the feminist context in 1980s as well as the feminist context of a 2014 audience. Please post your work below.
You will need to research context for 2014 and 1980s (you have already been set a homework on this – see lesson 3 on the blog for the link).
Deadline: Monday 14th July
Wider reading suggestions:
An example response demonstrating top band AO4:
Churchill presents Lady Nijo as a victim of abuse in her role as an Emperor’s courtesan; we learn that after she has been with the Emperor, she ‘did nothing but cry’ and that the gowns were ‘badly ripped’ inferring violation and violence. Churchill was writing in the mid-eighties and was possibly influenced by radical feminist Andrea Dworkin who was protesting against the institutionalised sexual objectification of women such as found in pornography and prostitution. Through Nijo’s story, Churchill also raises questions about culturally accepted sexual abuse and the vulnerability of those caught in its system. The tragedy and relevance of Nijo’s story would also not be missed by an audience in 2014 where many African countries are yet to criminalise marital rape meaning that large numbers of women today are also subject to the sexual abuse experienced by Nijo. When Marlene asks ‘Are you saying he raped you?’ she is representing the voice of modern Britain and Churchill who seeks to challenge corrupt patriarchal systems.
Deadline: Monday 14th July.
|According to Caryl Churchill, every woman should have the….||
|Right to be safe from physical harm and to control her own body and off spring|
|Right to an education, a career, to pursue her own adventure|
|Right to choose a partner and to feel an equal within that marriage|