Bizarre Projection of a Political Agenda

The role reversal in the ‘Roman Charity‘ story reminds me to some extent of that in Robert Munch’s delightful little tear jerker Love You Forever.

The daughter’s adoption of a maternal role is especially apparent in representations like these two:

Others show the fear of being discovered in violation of the verdict (of death by starvation)

– but I see no particular suggestion there of lasciviousness or embarrassment at the social situation.

What they all most definitely do NOT bring to mind is a woman’s filial debt to the patriarchy (especially since in the earliest version of the story it was apparently the mother who was being saved from starvation by her daughter).

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