جۆری توێژینه‌وه‌: Original Article

نوسه‌ران

Salahaddin University

10.24271/garmian.207219

پوخته‌

This study deals with the analysis of women’s conditions and their representations in the modern three-act play, Crimes of the Heart (1982), written by the American female playwright Elizabeth Becker Henley (1952), or as nicknamed Beth Henley. The play under research is her masterpiece in which Henley shows how each of the sisters violates cultural norms and experiences a process of self-discovery. The study will then outline the theoretical framework that the play’s analysis is based on. Thus, it sheds light on the reasons why the play has been approached from a feminist view point, using Showalter’s concept of gynocriticism. Moreover, it explores how female characters are represented throughout the play, and how the hidden layers of patriarchal oppression are examined and challenged. It also justifies how Henley faces up stereotypical representations of women alongside their space in society, giving reference to the speeches and quotes from the play.

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