RR 2: The Girls in their Summer Dresses
Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff was born in 1913 in New York City, after his Jewish Russian parents immigrated to the United States. He changed his name to Irwin Shaw when he entered Brooklyn College, where he graduated in Arts. Not only was he a novelist, but also a playwright, screenwriter, and a famous short story writer. He was, and still is well known for all of his short stories. He had won multiple Awards for his successful work, such as O Henry awards for Walking Wounded in 1944 and Gunner's Passage in 1945, National Institute of Arts and Letters grant in 1946, and Playboy award in 1964, 1970, and 1979. The Girls in their Summer Dresses is one of his famous short stories that were also adapted in a drama show on PBS. Shaw is talking about how women are pictured by men. The story talks about a married couple; Michael and Frances who have decided to spend their Sunday together and go for a walk in Manhattan. Little you know, that this pleasant afternoon turned Frances discussing the fact that her husband is always looking at other women. The couple is, most of the time, avoiding this kind of conversations and start to drink to make it seem like if everything was alright. Frances kept insisting so that Michael tells the truth about his feelings when it comes to other women, not only that he watches them, but he also admitted that he would want to be free, and that one day he will end up doing it. This story shows the problems, at that time, of married couples, who do not always face their problems, and end up staying together, even with problems, just because of the culture, and because of what other people are going to think about it. Reading the story, I could not help but notice the fact that trough the text; women are portrayed to be more objects than human beings. The emotions trough this story depend a lot on the plot. Men are always the ones reprimanded when attracted by other women but their wives/girlfriends etc....
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