The Stepford Wives

by

Ira Levin

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Kit Sundersen Character Analysis

Kit Sundersen is one of Joanna’s neighbors. When Joanna goes around town asking women if they’d like to form a female equivalent of the Men’s Association, Kit Sundersen tells her that she’s too busy to do such a thing. Later, however, Joanna finds out that Kit Sundersen used to be the president of Stepford’s Women’s Club, which disbanded around the same time that the Men’s Association was formed. The fact that Kit doesn’t say anything about her former interest in gender equality makes Joanna all the more suspicious about what’s going on in Stepford.

Kit Sundersen Quotes in The Stepford Wives

The The Stepford Wives quotes below are all either spoken by Kit Sundersen or refer to Kit Sundersen. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Sexism and Power Theme Icon
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Chapter 1 Quotes

“These things came out nice and white, didn’t they?” She put the folded T-shirt into the laundry basket, smiling.

Like an actress in a commercial.

That’s what she was, Joanna felt suddenly. That’s what they all were, all the Stepford wives: actresses in commercials, pleased with detergents and floor wax, with cleaners, shampoos, and deodorants. Pretty actresses, big in the bosom but small in the talent, playing suburban housewives unconvincingly, too nicey-nice to be real.

Related Characters: Kit Sundersen (speaker), Joanna Eberhart
Page Number: 41-42
Explanation and Analysis:

“Joanna,” Bobbie said, “I think there’s something here. In Stepford. It’s possible, isn’t it? All those fancy plants on Route Nine—electronics, computers, aerospace junk, with Stepford Creek running right behind them—who knows what kind of crap they’re dumping into the environment.”

“What do you mean?” Joanna said.

“Just think for a minute,” Bobbie said. She fisted her free hand and stuck out its pinky. “Charmaine’s changed and become a hausfrau,” she said. She stuck out her ring finger. “The woman you spoke to, the one who was president of the club; she changed, didn’t she, from what she must have been before?”

Related Characters: Bobbie Markowe (speaker), Joanna Eberhart, Charmaine , Kit Sundersen
Page Number: 56
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kit Sundersen Character Timeline in The Stepford Wives

The timeline below shows where the character Kit Sundersen appears in The Stepford Wives. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Sexism and Power Theme Icon
Equality and Societal Change Theme Icon
Secrecy, Doubt, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Female Ambition vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
Joanna pays a visit to Kit Sundersen, the former president of the Stepford Women’s Club. She already spoke to Kit when... (full context)
Sexism and Power Theme Icon
Equality and Societal Change Theme Icon
Secrecy, Doubt, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Female Ambition vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
As Kit speaks, Joanna realizes that she seems like an actress. In fact, all of the women... (full context)
Sexism and Power Theme Icon
Equality and Societal Change Theme Icon
Secrecy, Doubt, and Uncertainty Theme Icon
Female Ambition vs. Societal Expectations Theme Icon
...is why she was so happy when she found Joanna. Plus, there’s the fact that Kit Sundersen used to be the president of the Women’s Club and now has no interest... (full context)