The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel *Possible Spoilers* – Blog Post #4: Movie Review

Set in the 1950s-60, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a three series long sitcom that follows the life of Midge Maisel, a young upper class jewish woman growing up on the Upper West Side. Midge lives a seemingly “grand” lifestyle ; married, two kids, her own home, and no real financial woes for four years up until the day her husband decides to pack up and leave her. It is at this point that Midge turns to comedy as an outlet for her pain and as a way to shed light on the ways in which women are meant to feel, speak, and even act within society. At this particular period in time, women (especially those within the Jewish community) were expected to hold a place in the household as a wife and mother while their husbands worked hard to support their affluent lifestyles. This dynamic is clearly displayed throughout the series through the relationship shared between Midge’s parents Abe & Rose Weissman. A genuine (and hilariously entertaining) relationship/marriage indeed but, one that almost comes across as “tolerated” to a certain degree. Rose even attempted to leave Abe at a point and flee to Paris to which he responded by making his way to Paris to demand she return home to her position as his wife. Saying all this to say, Midge takes her own personal experiences and upbringing to make audiences aware of the unrealistic expectations set for women in the 1950s-60s.