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Genders Reclassified Often genders are associated with the same stereotypical characteristics that are formed from society. Donald Margulies redefines the typical gender stereotypes and gives them to both genders to redefine the roles they play. In the play, “Time Stands Still”, Margulies gives Mandy strong traditional woman stereotype characteristics in the beginning of the play, while on the other hand, Sarah has very strong traditional male stereotype characteristics. However, as we come into the second act of the play, Mandy and Sarah switch traditional gender characteristics so that Mandy is displaying male characteristics and Sarah is displaying traditional female characteristics. Another character in the play is James, who displays traditional stereotype female characteristics while the other male character, Richard, shows the characteristics of a traditional male. The message that this play displays is that genders do not determine characteristics, it is what the individual wants and how the individual grew up. Genders should not automatically give you characteristics, but instead it should be that person's personality and actions that develop their characteristics. One of the first characters that we are introduced to in the play is Sarah. We can see that she is badly hurt from an injury and a very independent person. Sarah is a female in the play who shows male characteristics, from which we conclude she is from moving from one warzone to the next for her job as a photographer. She is independent, heartless, controlling, strong, and emotionally unavailable. When she gets hurt, she is entirely dependent on James for her everyday needs. We see, as she is recovering from her injury, that Sarah misses the adrenaline rush of her job shooting her pictures, which in her eyes is helping them to put their story out there for the public. Sarah seems inhuman, her reaction to horrible events is “automatic…. And
once I look through the viewfinder…. all I see…. Is the picture.” (Margulies) (22) She stops seeing the pain, only seeing the picture as an object disconnected from what it represents. She has this strong sense that when she is out there taking her photos, she is saving subjects from their sufferings. She falls during her injury and for the first time shows vulnerability and agrees

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