Women in 1950 vs Women in Crucible

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Wagner Mogga Timm English 11 – 7 1 October 2013 Stereotypes of the 1950’s In today’s world it is not peculiar to see marriage between two individuals around the age of thirty years old. However, in the 1950’s marriages were often seen by a couple in their early teens. If a woman wasn't engaged or married by her early twenties, she was in danger of becoming an "old maid." (pbs.org, The "M.R.S." Degree). It was during these times when early marriage was the norm because, women were expected to stay home and raise their family. It was thought to be selfish for women to go out, and get a job. Only 21.6% of wives in families had wages. With only having the job as a “happy homemaker” woman in the 1950’s felt dissatisfaction and needed fulfillment in their life other than staying home, and taking care of their families. Consequently, in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller women were portrayed almost the same way. They both were treated poorly and held a position of that inferior to men. Because, women in the Crucible held no real power or independence they were forced to follow the negative stereotypes of the 1950’s. Women in the 1950’s were expected to stay home, and were more or less left out of everything that were to be of importance. Likewise women in the Crucible were expected to stay in the background of the Salem witch trials unless they themselves were expected to be witches themselves. However, the majority of individuals that were under suspicion of being witches were female. They were blamed for multiple things they did not commit. Thus, showing that women in the 17th century were treated poorly just like women in the 1950s. Just like the 1950s women in the crucible had no real power. The judges in the Crucible were all male. No women held any power in the court. Except for Abigail Williams because she was able to manipulate everyone into thinking
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