An Analysis of the short storyThe Game That Wasn’t Cricket by Evelyn Sharp

Analysis of the Short Story from a Feminist Perspective

Evelyn Sharp was an important figure in women’s suffrage in Britain; she was a militant for women’s right to vote and have been imprisoned many times for that. As a writer, Evelyn was famous for children literature. Her ideas for women’s liberation have been conspicuous in her fiction as in her short story The Game That Wasn’t Cricket.
It is a first person singular related story where the narrator is involved in the events along the story line. Evelyn Sharp starts the story with the playtime in her childhood when there was a clear disparity between the two sexes— boys and girls. When they are sent to school, it is not clear since they go together hand-in-hand as allies. There is a kind of complementation among the two parts, especially when girls seek protection. There is a kind of satisfaction apparent in the tone of the narrator in this situation.
Nonetheless the narrator criticizes the role of the parents in fostering this discrimination between the two sexes. She notices that this disparity came back again after school. Then she asks, though she sympathizes with the mother who always tries to keep this difference obvious, why boys and girls have been treated unequally by the others, which implicitly reveals her attitude towards this discrimination. She refuses to accept that the two sexes were treated and seen differently.
Sharp through the narrator’s words declares that the little girl didn’t object to discrimination against her in the favor of her brother— but that was true for a certain period of time but it didn’t last much. The narrator wonders what would happen if the two children have exchanged their roles. She almost inevitably believes in the ability of the girl to do the task properly as well— she would play cricket as the boys do or even better.
Sharp states, later on, that the girl, being unconscious of that, has been under the sexual oppression practiced by the society. The male has always been favored. Nevertheless, when the narrator sees the baby in her brother’s hands, her attitude changes; an upheaval comes into her soul. She wants to revolt and put an end to the “wrong way” she has been treated by the society. She no longer wants to accept that discrimination between the sexes. She longs for an equal treatment.
The narrator rebels then against the actual situation. When she comes back from the oil-shop, a sense of revolt came to her soul and she wants to defy the male players of cricket and show them that she can play it as well. She takes the bat and hits the ball over their heads. The ball now has for the first time been played in a different way wherein the boys never are able to play. They have mocked her at first for what she has done but her answer has made them rethink of her innovation and later on adopt it into their game. That is an achievement of the rebellious innovative girl who has always been sexually oppressed and discriminated.
This is symbolic in the sense that the narrator’s transition symbolizes the women’s evolution towards having their complete rights. It is also symbolic because the role of women is society is usually implicit and unacknowledged, but it’s very crucial just like the girl’s way of hitting the ball. It was not acknowledged but it’s suitable for the game.

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