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Away

The ideology of a text is shaped and created by the reader's
pre-existing knowledge of the issues presented in it. To fully
understand the values and attitudes towards the female
characters presented in Michael Gow's play Away the reader
must first have a strong awareness and understanding of
Australian society in the 1960's which is the period in which
the play is set. When considering the play Away from a
contemporary, post feminist context, it is recognised that
societies over emphasis on the importance of women
conforming to traditional gender values had a damaging


effect on the growth of individuality within the Australian
female population during the1960's. In the patriarchal society
in which the play is set, it becomes evident that women's
worth was based largely on their willingness to conform to
traditional gender roles. The exploration and reflection of
other texts and sources have shaped my understanding of the
female characters in Away an...

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