The play takes place on August 1912; it is a peaceful time before World War I. The time period reflects a time of prosperity for United State as Edmund says that Harker was “no slave Standard Oil could trample on” referring to the fast growing period of the industrial titans such as John D. Rockefeller (O'Neill 24). Everyone is overjoy with the economy and many would have a stable job. However, women had neither a good standing in socioeconomics nor had the right to vote; thus, they did not have a voice in the political arena. During that time, women were considered possessions of their husbands; for example, if the wife had some objects stolen, the husband would be labeled as victim of crime (Gender). When the girl marries into a family, she is part of that family...
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...elf to the patriarchal society of the early 20th century. The only person that could save Mary from her own self-delusion is Mary herself; and she must overcomes the tendency to use morphine as an outlet in order to become at peace with herself and her family.
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