A Feminine Proof in David Auburn’s “Proof”


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A Feminine Proof in David Auburn’s "Proof"
David Auburn’s play Proof is notable for the power that it is able to create from a relatively small cast of characters: indeed, it relies only on Robert – a crazed mathematician, Catharine – his daughter, Claire – another daughter, and Hal – Robert’s disciple. And while these four characters provide an interesting dynamic, there is one character in particular that is able to stand alone and provide the nexus of the play: Catharine. Unlike Claire, Catherine is closely, almost inextricably, linked to her father – especially his tendency towards madness. And it is her claim – that she is responsible for the brilliant proof that gives the play its title – which raises the most pressing questions: for...
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.....ned by Catherine’s position as a female and the feminine role that mathematics took during her formative years: before she could read she knew prime numbers. The assault of mathematics upon her mind must be considered as both conscious and unconscious, as masculine and feminine.
Works Cited
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“Proof.” Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. New York: Oxford UP, 2004.
Proof. Dir. John Madden. Miramax Films. 2005.
Kaufmann, Stanley. “Books and the Arts: Truth-
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