Everyone wanted The Girl. She was beautiful, flirty and most of all smart. She had enough brains to run a bar and was a teacher at an Academy, but I wonder how she was able to accomplish this all during the late 1800's? Women were long considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development. Women’s God-given role, it stated, was as wife and mother, keeper of the household, guardian of the moral purity of all who lived therein. But in this story The Girl shows many characteristics that only men are supposed to possess. Men listen to her and respect her. Throughout the play, The Girl demonstrated a strong sense of who she was. She seemed like she knew what she wanted and knew how to get it. She had much character and charm. But why? I was thinking and then I came up with this conclusion. Maybe Belasco created "The Girl" because he wanted people to realize that women were able to do things on there own? Or He wanted women to take a stand and fight for equal rights?
There are many different reasons that I can come up with as to why Belasco wrote this play. He created "The Girl" who he knew was completely different then all of the women that were actually living in the late 1800's. I think maybe it was "The Girl" that gave women the confidence and determination to have a right and be treated fairly. The town that the play took place in was called. "Cloudy, California." Maybe he chose a make believe town to set an example as to how "cloudy" women were being characterized as?
But then I came up with another problem. Belasco painted "The Girl" to be out of place (like he did) and then he made her fit into the story. I may be confusing you, but just listen or read... : ) In the beginning of the story "The Girl" was very independent and everyone loved her and she turned down many people to marry because she wanted to run the Polka herself. She had a very strong connection with the guys that hung in the saloon like Handsome Charlie and Nick and Rance and Sonora and she made it very clear that she loved them. She seemed very happy with who she was. But then Johnson comes along and messes everything up. She gives up the Saloon and leaves her friends and "The Girl" is non-existent.
I thought that was a good way to end the play there. Belasco put the out of place girl in her place and the story ended.
Do you think the story ended that way because Belasco wanted to paint the perfect women and did but then he knew it would never be reality so made her fit in?