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MEN SHOULD WEEP QUOTES

MEN SHOULD WEEP QUOTES - Term Definition Lack of...

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Unformatted text preview: Term: Definition: Lack of food/malnutrition Maggie sends Alec for 'ninepenny worth o chips, two pies an a tin o condensed. Then tae the baker an see if there's ony stale tea-breid left.' This would have been a rare treat. Hardly a balanced diet. Term: Definition: Lack of food/malnutrition 'Stummicks, stummicks a sick o hearing about yons stummicks' suggesting its not the first time the Maggie has heard her children say this. Term: Definition: Poor quality housing 'Your Alec's street. The hooses has collapsed.' - There was a severe shortage of decent housing in the 1930s. There were many slums and private landlords had a lot to answer for. Getting a council house was like gold dust. Term: Definition: Poor quality housing Jenny on why Bertie can't come home from hospital: 'It's rotten, this hoose. Rotten. Damp. Ye ken yersel. It's a midden looking oot on ither middens. It's got rats, bugs.' Term: Definition: Lack of income/unemployment With little money coming into the house John and Maggie rely on Granny's meagre pension allowance 'Maggie aye bought a bit bacon wi ma pension'. Term: Definition: Lack of income/unemployment John on unemployment during the depression: 'Hundred o us, Maggie, beggin for the chance tae earn enough for food and a roof ower our heids.' Term: Definition: Lack of cleanliness/hygiene Edie scratches her head vigorously 'They'll be nae playing wi mary harris til she's got her heid cleaned' Term: Definition: Lack of cleanliness/hygiene Bertie has TB due to damp living conditions. In Act 2, Scene 1 we discover that he is kept in hospital. This is devastating news for Maggie. Jenny on that fact that Bertie can't come back to the house because of the damp: 'Mammy seems tae think they're letting Bertie hame; but they're not. No here. No tae this, Mammy.' Term: Definition: Overcrowding At one point there are 10 people in the Morrison house, there isn't adequate space for everyone to sleep. Maggie and John have to make do with a make-shift bed on the floor. Stage Directions: "A space has been cleared, centre, for a mattress on the floor with pillows, blankets and old coats.' Term: Definition: Overcrowding Living conditions are cramped and there is little privacy, Jenny shares a bed with Granny & Edie and she's had enough - 'I'm sick o this snoring . . . Term: Definition: Reliance on others Maggie's sister Lily provides the family with food and extras on a regular basis. 'There was that black puddin....on Wednesday, gingerbread on Sunday, forby a the cest-affs and the odd bobs...' ' I brought ye a tin o baked beans the night.' Lily also buys medicine for Bertie. Term: Definition: Reliance on others 'It's only rich folks can keep theirselves tae theirselves. Folks like us huv tae depend on their neighbours when they're needin help.' Term: Definition: Plight of the elderly Granny is dependent on the grace of family members as there is no social housing for the elderly, Granny has no home of her own and feels like a nuisance. 'It's awfu tae be aul an kicked aboot frae yin hoose tae the ither.' Term: Definition: Plight of the elderly Granny is frequently neglected as Maggie is run off her feet and exhausted (looking after the household as well as working as a cleaner part-time) Maggie comments 'I wish you could pit yersel tae bed. Ye're as much bother an anither wean.' ...
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