10 marker - Maggie and John By referring to the extract and elsewhere in the play, examine how the relationship between Maggie and John develops. Maggie and John’s relationship is shown throughout the play in different ways. For example it is shown in the relationship of the older generation, Maggie and John that constructed gender roles are rooted in relationships in those times. However we also see how through the relationship between Maggie and John develops into something non-conforming to the standards at the time, we see the role in constructed gender roles switch, this is shown when says that she can handle John when he becomes emotional at the end. Maggie and John's relationship also develops as Maggie now has the confidence to stand up against John and not wallow in conflicted feelings about his decisions, this is shown when Maggie outbursts at John at their daughter for bringing money back home. Extract “Dinna fret yersel, Jenny. I can manage him … I can aye manage him.” This quote shows that Maggie’s relationship with john has developed over the course of the play as she now has the self-reliance to manage his emotions which contradicts the idea that their relationship and John’s belief in that they were conforming to constructed gender roles in their relationship. The repetition of the phrase ‘I can manage him’ shows that Maggie is self-assured in the fact she is confident enough to handle her husband and her family before she didn’t have the poise before to be able to. This adds to the development of their relationship as it shows how Maggie is now the one in control within the relationship. (with uncharacteristic force) “An so we wull be happy! Whore’s winnins, did ye ca this? An did I hear ye use the word ‘tart’? Whit wis I, when we was coortin, but your tart?” this quote shows that Maggie’s and John’s relationship has took a turning point as Maggie now has started to stand up for Jenny as the irony of the situation becomes apparent, through Jenny being somewhat similar to Maggie when she was younger, Maggie now doesn’t wallow in her feelings about what John is doing but stands up by saying how they both did the same thing as Jenny ‘when we was coortin’. The development of their relationship is also shown as Maggie confronts John’s words about her daughter being a ‘tart’ by standing up for Jenny and to say to John if she was a ‘tart?’. This outburst of Maggie at John shows the turning point in the relationship near the end and fully solidifies the reversal of the structured gender roles John had put in place. Elsewhere ‘I’m paid wi love’. This quote shows the relationship between Maggie and John before the turning point in their development, Maggie often naive to her own ability in herself she often would delude herself to John's antics by being content with his love and just that, no help financially, emotionally or in their home. This adds to the idea that their relationship originally was rooted in the structured gender roles of the time. ‘Heartburn! I wonder whit kind o a male idiot called indigestion heartburn? Ma Goad! I could tell him whit heartburn is’ This quote shows how before Maggie has gained control in their relationship she was often burdened with the emotional carnage left behind by an argument between her and John or their children, which shows almost physically with her indigestion stating how it's ‘heartburn’ and what heartburn -really- is. This shows how Maggie before didn’t have the emotional capacity to stand up to John but to let pent up emotions of his actions build up unhealthily which despite their relationship being relatively healthy comes off as toxic in the lead up to Maggie standing up to herself. “when him an me wis coortin, I’d a red hat…” This quote shows how Maggie and John's relationship has developed after marriage, as the red hat John buys her for her christmas reminds her of her past with him before she got married. The actual hat is significant too, it's unconventional and often scoffed at by Granny and Lily, but it's the unconventionality of the hat that represents Maggie and what she was like before she had to become obedient to John because of his belief in the constructed gender roles, of him being a provider and her being a housewife at the time. Her wearing the hat to go out with Lily shows her resuscitation of that old independence she once had showing the development of her and John’s relationship.