Underlying Feminism and Leading Ladies in Sarah Ruhl's Melancholy Play, The Clean House, and Dead Man's Cell Phone
Dern, Sara J.
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Sarah Ruhl has found much success as a contemporary playwright, and her works focus on female protagonists. As Ruhl identifies as a feminist, this study will focus on the leading ladies in three of her popular plays and analyze them to determine if her beliefs carry over into the qualities and actions of her characters. Underlying feministic beliefs characteristics may be found in the female protagonists of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, The Clean House, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. The protagonists in these plays do not seem feministic at first glance, but a deeper analysis of their traits and actions may prove otherwise. A closer look at their interactions with the remaining characters will also provide insight to determine if the leading ladies’ thoughts and actions fall in line with feministic beliefs.