The Heidi Chronicles

Topics: Gay, The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein Pages: 2 (647 words) Published: March 3, 2001
"The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein kept my interest so much that I could not put it down until I was to the last page. I liked how the issue of sexuality played a role along with the issue of feminist goals in this play. I believe they complimented one another in that both groups strive for equal right among the majority. For example when Peter starts to march with the other women from the Art Institute. It shows that he is standing for a cause the effects another minority group in our society: women.

I found Susan very interesting in the play. At the beginning she is always concerned with impressing the guys, rolling her skirt to appear more attractive. Peter makes a correlation in that Susan gave herself Stigmatas, resembling the wounds suffered by Jesus, in the waist with straight pins. I just find that so ironic; she tortured herself in the pursuit of men, being looked upon more as a sexual object than a human being. On the other hand, she tried to be a feminist to the point of moving to a women's health and legal collective in Montana, where she met and dated Molly. I wonder if she really wants Molly or decided to play the other team because she was so discussed by men? Or a little bit of both.

Heidi knows a variety of men through out this play. There is Peter, I really think she likes Peter, he has a good heart, is caring for her, and believes for equal rights for everybody regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. However he is gay and she doesn't have a chance with him. I believe Scoop is too much of a chauvinistic pig especially when he assigns a grade to everything from food, music, and women. He is a prime example of why there are feminist out there to put men like him back in his cage.

Act 2, Scene 2 is where I had the strongest reaction that is when Peter, Scoop, and Heidi went on a talk show. What made me mad was before the show Denise told Peter to act "out" his sexuality more than usual. Basically telling...
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