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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Themes

Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Themes

Feminism

One of MacDonald's most important thematic goals in Goodnight Desdemona is to develop and explore feminist ideas. The play consistently returns to themes of women's rights, women's issues, and gender identity. MacDonald establishes a number of historical and contemporary examples of the oppression, mistreatment, or misunderstanding of women, and she explores some possibilities of addressing these problems.

Constance's experience at Queen's University is MacDonald's first example of sexism in contemporary culture. Professor Night has exploited Constance's ideas and efforts for years, securing a position for himself at Oxford University based on her writings. At the same time that he takes advantage of her hard work, however, he insults her, telling her she has an “interesting little mind” and calling her belittling names like “my little titmouse” and “pet.” These names reveal that the professor is sexist and bigoted as well as exploitative and that he takes advantage of...

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