This play, written in the 1950s, is a humorous and satirical
depiction of the status of the mother in the family.
Do you think it caricatures these issues or do you think that the
problems it raises are genuine? How does the play resolve the
issues? Do you agree with the resolution?
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The issues that the story raises are genuine and we must heed
them. In the story the major complaint of Mrs. Pearson is that
her family does not spend time with her. The author has tried to
highlight the fact that how lonely can a woman feel when all the
members of her family leave early morning to work and then return
in the evening just to get the supper and then leave again to
socialise outside home. They pay her no time or attention. She
selflessly makes the home and asks nothing in return. However,
little do we realise that they also yearn for company and wish to
spend time with their loved ones.
In the play, Mrs. Fitzgerald, a determined lady who lives in the
neighbourhood and a fortune teller, helped Mrs. Pearson by
exchanging body with her and dealt with Mrs. Pearson's family.
She made the Pearsons understand that Mrs. Pearson is a human
after all and that even after working 24x7 she receives no
acknowledgement and appreciation from her family members. She did
not prepare the supper and did not iron the clothes and made
George, Doris and Cyril realise that how dependent they are
actually on Mrs. Pearson. She is the sole pillar who keeps their
lives in place and keeps everything ready for them before even
they have asked for it. Finally when the three receive such harsh
treatment and see Annie sitting back and not doing household
chores, they feel helpless and find it all difficult to manage on
their own. They realise that their lives are absolutely
incomplete without Mrs. Pearson.
The resolution was perfect and very well decided. The Pearsons
needed the harsh treatment after all else they would have never
realised the blunder they were going on committing. After what
all happened and when Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Pearson exchanged
the bodies back to the original ones, Annie tells George, Doris
and Cyril to stay back and play cards with her and proposed that
kids would do cooking while she could sit back and relax while
talking to her husband, to which the three approved merrily.
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