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shattering ‘the glass of female objectification’, Ruth appears at the start of the play like a ‘tick in the night’ but arguably it is she who takes power using her matriarchal presence, as seen by the ending of the play. The men surround Ruth, the woman who has violated ”the stereotypes of the phallic economy” (Hall, 1993). Both texts disturb stereotypical gender roles, both commenting on the society in which they were writing. Albee transposes the gender roles onto the opposing gender. Indeed, the most consequential thing Martha does is drink like a man:
GEORGE: My God, you can swill it down, can’t you.
MARTHA: I can drink you under any goddamn table you want.
The overtly masculine representation of Martha is a direct comment on 1960s gender representation. Martha may well be a more masculine character, equalling George in their battle of wills, yet Albee juxtaposes this masculine representation to a conformist gender view. Honey is the stereotypical woman, ”a thin-hipped simp”. Honey is uninteresting, in comparison to Martha; the disagreement at conformist

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