Analysis of Top Girls by Laurianne

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Analyze Churchill’s use of diverse and contrasting characters to create dramatic effect in ‘Top Girls’. Compare and contrast the presentation of culture and society in ‘Top Girls’ and Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Evaluate how successful the two writers are at using characters to present their themes.

Churchill explores the different characteristics of Marlene from the first scene of Top Girls; we capture the diverse characters that vary the historical, fictional, allegorical aspects to artistically create a melodramatic effect. The opening scene gradually reveals Marlene’s repressions by examining herself through five avatars. The togetherness at a dining table could present women as a communal as they had dealt with similar trials and tribulations. Churchill intentionally draws out the way women share their experiences with one another, building on the idea that women in general unconsciously share problems as a way to self-assure because it gives them the relief that another women have gone or are going through a similar misfortune. From the play, they all show how they had suffered, from the escape of a relationship, the loss of a friend and relative, dignity and determination and especially the case of losing a child. These losses have all been sacrificed in order to gain a place at the top of the ladder and the entire play is the explanation.

Churchill added the repeated use of startled juxtaposition of real and surreal worlds, domestic and economic environments, and emotive terrains. This suggests that this society lacked a heavenly quality and more of a demanding lifestyle; therefore she draws this sense of realism to her writing. The formality of Marlene’s speech is generated throughout the play, presenting her sophistication and intellectualism; using terms such as “prodigy” and “melancholy”. This shows a society of well-educated women, orbiting Margret Thatchers immense vocabulary and her smart political mindset. “We’ve all come a long way. To...
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