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At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies"1. This famous quote elucidates-most eloquently-a concept which, if properly understood could cause 'man and wife' to make peace in many situations.


This discussion seeks to identify the key issues involved by highlighting the traits specific to each gender.
Before a comparison may be made between the apparent gender issues in the two plays it may be prudent to compare the background and situation in which they are set. While Sure Thing seems to involve a modern setting, Trifle paints more of a mid 20th century picture. It is interesting to note the difference in the dealing of the two genders with each other in the plays. What would instantly become apparent is the degree of informality involved with a greater boldness registering itself in the female3. It is asserted that this may be attributed to a greater awareness today of equal rights for women, but more importantly to the women recognizing their own potential.
In this light both plays may be examined to contrast the difference in the manner of interaction of women with men. At the same time, it can also be made out from both plays that as opposed to men women possess a more sensitive and understanding nature that seems to be missing in men4. Interestingly it would appear that it is because men lack in this area that they sometimes struggle to ask a girl out and fail miserably if they are able to pluck up enough courage.
Owed to this nature it may also be said with some conviction that women would prefer that men tell them the truth when ...
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