The Role of Gender in Proof

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Essay #: 052298
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The Role of Gender in Proof
Proof is an excellent example of how complex female characterizations still exist in theatre.  As a contemporary piece of playwriting, Proof, by David Auburn, explores the character of Catherine, a woman living in her father’s shadow and ultimately trying to survive in a male-dominated world.  This world involves academia, mathematics, mental illness, familial acceptance and the finding of her own identity in the midst of all of these factors.  Feminist literature and criticism takes the view that most literary creations- through the lens of a male-oriented culture- are primarily patriarchal.   Proof, by David Auburn, explores the struggles of a woman in a patriarchal context, but ultimately comes to no solid...
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..... would have done at the University of Chicago.  Though she eventually gets credit for her intellect and finds herself better equipped to deal with a male-oriented world, she will always be repressed through prejudice and sexism that define American society.  
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