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Men Should Weep, by Ena Lamont Stewart highlights the extreme poverty experienced by a vast number of people living in Glasgow during the 1930’s. This is illustrated in their poor living conditions. The Morrison’s live in an overcrowded tenement in the east end of Glasgow. There is only one bedroom and Maggie and John must resort to making up a bed on the living room floor and sleeping on it. “A space has been cleared, C, for a mattress on the floor with pillows, blankets and old coats.” In addition to the already overcrowded tenement, Alec and Isa’s house has collapsed. At this point in play there are 11 people living in this one room and kitchen. Isa’s only option is to share a room with Granny, Edie and Jenny as there is no space anywhere else for her to sleep. “Isa you’ll need tae share wi Jenny an Edie an Granny.” As well as overcrowding, ‘Men Should Weep’ highlights the unsanitary conditions experienced by a vast number of people in Scotland in the 1930’s. The conditions of these tenements are very intimate which means that as a result of overcrowding there is strong tendency of contact with disease and other illnesses. Maggie sees Edie scratching her head and automatically jumps to the conclusion that Edie has lice. Edie tells Maggie that their neighbour Mrs Harris daughter has lice and Maggie is not pleased to hear this. “So just you get something frae the chemist’s or I’ll get the Sanitary tae ye.” The unsanitary conditions are further illustrated when we see that Bertie has TB which is devastating for Maggie as because of the unsanitary conditions of the tenements in Glasgow Bertie must be isolated in hospital and he is not allowed home as his condition is likely to deteriorate. “Mammy seems tae think they’re letting Bertie hame; but they’re not. No here. No tae this, Mammy.” In ‘Men Should Weep’ Ena Lamont Stewart continues to highlight the extreme poverty experienced by a vast amount of people in Glasgow in the 1930’s when we see the lack of...