The fight for freedom

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American theatre owes a great debt to Susan Glaspell…for she dared envision and bring to life onstage her own New Women. These women experience their own anarchy, challenging and rejecting male-defined norms, including such concepts as woman’s honor, abstract justice, and the male’s right to dominate and control, while they move toward the formation of female community (Burke 63). Sally Burke is not the only critic that considers Susan Glaspell a heroine regarding …

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