The central characters of Men Should Weep are involved in different struggles due to the poverty they are living in. For some, these prompt confrontations with others and changes within themselves.
What kind of life does Maggie live?
One of hardships and challenges
An easy and happy life
A lonely life
Is Maggie paid for all the work she does for the family?
Yes, she gets benefit money every week
Not in money, the reward she says she gets is her husband’s love
Jenny brings her fresh fruit and vegetables every day
Why does Maggie cry hysterically in Act II?
John hits her
She sees the scuffed toes of Ernest’s boots, which is the last straw for her, as she can’t stand living in such poverty
Maggie is upset after she returns from the hospital where she has had to leave Bertie
Who is Lily?
Lily is a feminist, what does this mean?
She will not talk to men
She thinks that women are better than men
She strives for equality between men and woman and is concerned with the rights of women
What is the audience encouraged to feel about John in the play?
Despite his faults, we empathise with him
We hate him and blame him for the family’s poverty
We admire him for his strength and the help he gives Maggie
What does John think his role is?
Servant to Maggie
Head of the house
Carer for Bertie
Why does Jenny leave home?
She hates her father
She has just bought a beautiful new flat
She is sick of living in a midden and wants more for herself
What sort of character is Alec?
Alec is a weak and feeble character
Alec is an inspiration to the family
Alec is honest and cares for this mother
What does Granny represent in the play?
The plight of the elderly