Denounce thine author, and embrace thy feminism!!

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The title of this blog is one that I find rather clever, in that it is based on a line of dialogue from Romeo and Juliet, a line that is also parodied in Goodnight, Desdemona, and that references the actual work itself in a strange way. The author, Anne-Marie Macdonald, has gone on record as saying that she did not write her play with the intention of having it be a feminist work. There is, however, no doubting the tones of female empowerment throughout the play and this brings me to the point of AUTHOR INTENT that we discuss often in class. Once an author publishes their work, it is OPEN for public scrutiny and interpretation. An author could have written a book or play in order to get a certain message across, but it all depends on the people who read the book or watch the play and their reactions to the work that determines how the work will be seen by the general public. Believe me, as an aspiring author (someday...), it really kills me to admit all this, but it is true. If Macdonald did not want her play to be seen as a feminist work, then she should not have included so many feministic elements (such as Constance's finding balance in herself by meeting the love-struck, slutty version of Juliet and the violent, almost savagely brutal version of Desdemona) in her play. ALSO, it is ENTIRELY possible that Macdonald did indeed intend this to be a feminist work and is only denouncing it so that certain people, such as men in general, will not be scared away by the word "feminist" being associated with her play. After all, as Dr. Jerz pointed out in class... "People often associate feminist plays with people dressed up as vaginas screaming at you!" I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it when he said that, but it does drive home the point that certain people are scared away from reading certain works or going to see certain plays because of different stigmas that are associated with the works.

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