Weekend

This study guide will help you analyse the text “Weekend” by Fay Weldon. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.

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Title: “Weekend”
Author: Fay Weldon
Published in: Cosmopolitan
Date of Publication: 1978
Genre: Short story

Fay Weldon (b. 1931) is an English writer, essayist, and playwright. She began writing fiction in the 1960s and is still a very prolific writer. Most of her fiction has female central characters.  

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Ending

The ending of the short story is open and shows Martha finally letting her frustrations out. Discovering that her daughter Jenny got her first period, she begins to cry because she realises that her daughter may have the same fate as her: “…Martha cried and cried and knew she must stop because this must be a joyous occasion for Jenny or her whole future would be blighted, but for once, Martha couldn't. Her daughter Jenny: wife, mother, friend.” ...

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