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As all the great dramatists since the Greek tragedians have known, class and gender roles continue to remain the two fundamental determinants of the social fabric of any culture—even one, like our own, in which the boundaries of those identities have become fluid, situational and transitory.

David French’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s disturbing and enduring drama of t
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Talonbooks (first published 1888)
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Hend
Miss Julie an aristocracic woman that expresses the social Diseases common in many of the families of her class, still recovering from a broken engagement—an engagement ruined because of her attempt to train her fiancé like a dog , flirting in a moment of despair her servant Jean ,she takes an adventure of uncalculated results,Jean seduce Julie, , telling a heart-breaking story of his childhood love to her,after their love affair ,Jean rejects her and confesses that he has deceived her, leaving ...more
Mohammed
It had strong langugae,the form,layout of the play was well done. The story was pretty shallow,not much of a story really. It was only two characters with over the top feelings screaming at each other. That sounds like many great plays but you need more quality,depth than this.

In the foreward Strindberg says he wanted the characters to be characterless. It felt too much like the main female character was only a way to write his views on how a woman of his times should not be. Jean the male main
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Wael Mahmoud
I read the translation made by Peter Watts.

A beautiful play by the master Strindberg, This is the kind of paly that makes the one sure about the role of inspiration in the art. The most remarkable element of the play is how it shows the changes in the characters in a smooth unconstrained way, You believe what you watch and understand it although its characters very odd behaviours specially Julia's.

The relationship between the servant and the master presented in this powerful way only in Losey's
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Manny
Boy meets girl, boy seduces girl, boy plans to elope with girl, boy wrings girl's pet bird's neck, boy changes his mind, girl kills herself. For some reason, Hollywood have never wholeheartedly embraced this formula. I can't imagine why not.

My late grandmother-in-law was an amazing, larger-than-life character, who looked as though she'd stepped straight out of Fanny och Alexander. Her family was distantly related to that of Strindberg's first wife, and, until the day she died, she steadfastly r
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Stuart Aken
The modern mind rebels instantly against the extreme misogyny expressed in the preface to this play. Strindberg may be typical of his time (the play was written in 1888) but he comes across as a man without any understanding of the reality of humanity. Stating that women, who he ranks with the uneducated and children, are incapable of full understanding and making a plea for the development of humankind into creatures who eschew emotion, he reveals himself as a man only half alive to the wonders ...more
Disha Acharya
It is difficult and quite uncomfortable to read and write a review for a writer was/is famous for his open misogyny and especially more difficult for someone who is a feminist and a woman. You might then say, then why read the play? The answer to this is that I had to read the play as the dramatics society of where I work was putting up a performance of the same play. However, that is not when I got around to reading it, that was last year and as you can see I have read play the six months later ...more
Liz
Jan 05, 2015 Liz rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Nick
This was my first stab at Strindberg, and dear lord did he stab back. This is a play about hate & power, and about passion & the lack thereof.

I'm shocked, looking back on this emotionally brutal play, to see how deeply engaged it was with the same "topics" of oppressive gender and class power structures. It does these right: they inform the emotional physics of the scenario, instead of being it's end.

The play is set over the course of a perfect Summer night. The characters are Jean (30)
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Linda
A classic piece of work, considered to be one of the best Swedish plays of all time. Strindberg understood characters and their dreams, he created something that feels real and the play portrays people's thoughts as they are. Not embellished.

This is a silent battle between a woman and a man, upper class and lower class, love and deceit. Fröken Julie, the daughter of a count, is a very perplexed character that has struggled all her life trying to find her place in the world. Her upbringing (learn
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Brittany Hale
I would highly recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about drama filled soap opera relationships. I believe that so many people can honestly understand how she is feeling and can actually relate to her. It also can show the readers just how everyones morals might not be the same, it might be different in someone elses eyes.

The play Miss Julie is based mostly from mortality, lust, scandals, and lies. It is mortality because miss Julie can't tell right from wrong, all of the servants b
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Jessica
I have no idea what the hell I just read.
Amalie
I love plays and I and know this is a classic however, now, I'm confused about many things about this play. August Strindberg sounds terribly misogynistic, did he hate women or something? The whole story felt very uncomfortable, literary the plot doesn't make any sense so I'm guessing this is an allegory of something like what would happen to women who resist the rigid class system. So it comes out like a tale of warning (to women)?

I guess, this one is more academic-friendly without the backgrou
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Jesse
Miss Julie is one of August Strindberg's most famous plays. It's rather short, although this edition makes it look extensive by including Strindberg's own preface to the piece. That makes for a weird reading.

The story can be summarised as a woman of high standing "falling" at the cost of her male servant "rising". It's an interesting locus of attention, where many broader societal issues are mirrored. This is already heavy, too much perhaps: she has an absent father, she is a woman in a still ra
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علی
موضوع مادموازل ژولی (1888)، بر اساس مساله ی طبقاتی معمول در جوامع اروپایی قرن نوزدهم نوشته شده، در رابطه ای غیر رمانتیک و هوس آلوده، و نبرد قدرت میان دو جنس؛ ژولی دختر ارباب، و ژان سر پیشخدمت خانه. ژولی که با تربیت مادر از رعایت فاصله ی طبقاتی عاجز است، دختری ست از نگاه شخصیتی ضعیف، مهربان و شکننده که تنها به برتری خانوادگی (دختر کنت) سر پا ایستاده. در مقابل ژان، مردی ست خودساخته و دانش آموخته، و متکی به خود که به مکان خویش در طبقه ی زیرین آگاه است اما قانع نیست. او به دنبال فرصت پرواز است. شب ع ...more
Lina
That was awful! This was definitely the worst play I have ever and probably will ever read. A boring girl used as a symbol for everything the playwright dislikes in women, an arrogant little cockroach disguised as a man(Seriously, he's a walking insult to all sane men) to ruin the lives of the other characters(Both women) and a plot so boring that a lesson in mathematics seems like a blockbuster compared to that. The views of the writer's time can not excuse everything he does, even if he explai ...more
Leslie
A tragedy in the traditional sense, despite Strindberg's being a modern playwright. I didn't have much sympathy for the title character at first... She makes some very foolish choices under the influence of alcohol and hormones which have terrible consequences. My initial reaction was 'how could she be so stupid?' but as I thought about the play I realized that while her actions were stupid, they were also not uncommon (especially for someone in late teens/early twenties). One aspect of Miss Jul ...more
Rachel Devotchka
It was a play about two people arguing about weird stuff and I'm not really sure what it was trying to achieve or say... BUT I liked the Marxist elements it had going on so there's that!
Núria
'Miss Julie' de August Strindberg siempre ha sido una de mis obras teatrales favoritas. ¿Cómo no me va a gustar si habla de las relaciones entre amos y criados, de la lucha de clases, de la guerra de sexos y tiene veladas alusiones a una relación sadomasoquista? En serio, es magnífica: compleja, sutil y sorprendente. Está preñada de violencia psicológica. Es fascinante. Luego, me leí otra obra de Strindberg (ya no recuerdo el título, imagínense si me impactó) y la terminé realmente enfadada, por ...more
Rosemary
I was lucky to pick this little book up in Stockholm at the Strindberg museum, just in time to read it on Midsommar Eve, the same day the story takes place. There are 3 characters; Miss Julie, the count's frustrated, but spoiled daughter, Jean, the count's ambitious valet, and Christine, the cook. It is important and fun to read Strindberg's preface after you finish reading the play. His thoughts and commentary on theatre, society and the play offer valuable insights into not just Miss Julie, bu ...more
Momina Masood
This here is what is called a "naturalistic" play. Where realist fiction aims to describe things and people as they are without flinching, naturalist fiction also tends to delve in the forces that have made things and people the way they are. "Who stands responsible?", as Miss Julie asks in this play, is the defining question of naturalist fiction.

Who is to blame for what has happened? My father, my mother, I myself? I myself? I haven't got a self at all, I haven't got a thought which I don't ge
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Maryanne
Between Strindberg's self-indulgent introduction, and the incessant vacillation of the characters, I'm not even sure I want to take this play seriously. But then again, maybe that's the point? We all lie, wear masks, pursue different objectives based on...power plays? Is it the relationship dynamic between the priveledged and downtrodden (and who is who here, really?)? Man and woman? Boss and employee? All of the above? And what does Strindberg argue next?
بسام عبد العزيز
شخصية البطلة غير مقنعة على الإطلاق جعلتني لا أتعاطف معها.. و لا أشعر بها كشخصية حية فعلا..
اما شخصية البطل فكان من المفهوم دوافعه و أفعاله.. لكن كنت أتخيل أنه بشخصيته الشريرة تلك المفترض أن يستغل البطلة أسوأ استغلال مادي ممكن.. لكنني عوضا عن ذلك وجدته يحاول دفعها دفعا نحو الهرب بل و وحدها أحيانا..

المسرحية تعتمد على المونولوجات طويلة التي جعلتني أشعر بعدم حيوية الحوار و لاواقعيته خصوصا مونولوجات البطلة.. أحيانا شعرت بأن العبارات متكررة بين البطلين ..
لم أفهم هذا التغيير المفاجئ بين شخصية البطلة ال
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علاقتي بالانسه جواليا علاقه قديمه جدا لكني اعتبرها في نفس الوقت علاقه حميمه لاني كنت اهابها في اول الأمر واخاف منها ولن انسي لحظه انكسارها الاولي والأخيره في فصول المسرحيه بأكملها بعد زبح عصفورها وصريخها هي لانها هي من زبحت بالفعل من اقرب المسرحيات الي قلبي علي الرغم انني لم اعاود قراءتها مره اخري بسبب اني اخيرا تخلصت من طيفها الدائم حولي
Eva
Also ich habe das Buch auf Deutsch gelesen und muss wirklich sagen, dass ich mich danach gefragt habe, ob Frauen im 19. Jahrhundert so dämlich waren und sich leicht manipulieren ließen oder nicht. Und ich bin zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass es scheinbar so war. Denn für mich reiht sich „Fräulein Julie“ in die Reihe von Frauengestalten aus dem 19. Jahrhundert ein, mit denen ich nichts anfangen kann, deren Handlungen nicht nachvollziehbar sind – Effi Briest, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina. Alles Prota ...more
Eliana
Maybe if you had asked me what I thought of this book 3 weeks ago, I would tell you it was okay. Now, after studying it in school, I feel really passionate about this book. The characters are so controversial, the relationship between the main characters, Zan and Julie is so intense. Each one of them is trying to use his or her power over the other. At the end no one is control, and because this play is clearly a naturalistic drama, there is no true solution to everything that their relationship ...more
Melissa
I found this book under the sofa and I just read it and in one sitting. I didn't know what to expect. This play surprised me. It was kind of scary and strange to me, but I couldn't stop reading.
Sarah
Gender issues seem to be a constant theme for Strindberg, and Miss Julie is definitely a play that deals with gender issues quite a bit. The focus of this play is on Miss Julie, who cannot distinguish right from wrong, love from hate, or truth from falsehood. She blindly devotes herself to the deceitful, cold Jean, who is her manservant. A big class issue is also shown here- while Julie somewhat lowers herself to feel accepted by Jean, Jean is well aware that he can take advantage of Julie's vul ...more
Katarzyna Kulma
I love Strindberg for his minimalism on stage (stage design) and the spirit of experimentator, at the same time. I guess "Miss Julie" is not the best play of all times, but it was designed for small theatres, it required completely new set of lights (from the side rather than from the bottom) and it gives more room for actors to contribute to the final effect (likely, natural monologues, pantomimes, even ballet!). It must be enchanting to see it on stage! The plot is simple - on the Midsummer ni ...more
Niño Manaog
Miss Julie is one unforgettable tragedy in literary consciousness. Her sexually hungry, angst-ridden female countenance spells the female nature—”vessel and damsel” but defiant and irreverent.

She delineates one discontented and disturbing female character, a bored individual whose hollow existence is not compelled or desired but naturally determined.

She has been taught by her mother to hold grudges against men; she is a man-hater gone haywire. When we see her as the protagonist, as the victim
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