The gender roles in this play are extreme, exaggerated, and, well, kind of hilarious. Once Joseph realizes that his wife is pregnant (and not by him), he begins to question her about infidelity. He asks repeatedly throughout the play who the baby’s father is, and every single time, he receives the same reply: Mary tells him that she has been faithful and that the child is of God’s will. Joseph doesn’t accept this answer but continues to use the same approach and ends up with the same results: he asks her the same question and she gives him the same answer. Mary’s story is confirmed by the maidens present in the scene. They echo Mary’s story, and Joseph devalues their statements in the same way he does Mary’s. Really, this is a drawn-out depiction of women’s voices going unheard in patriarchal society. The only character who is incorrect in assessing Mary’s pregnancy is Joseph, and every character in the play tries to convey the correct information to him, but to him, the women’s voices are erased; there is no way they could be correct. Only when a messenger of patriarchal religion (the angel) comes along does Joseph finally conclude that Mary and her maidens were correct and that Mary was not unfaithful to him. Throughout the entire play, every character takes a turn in asserting that Mary is pregnant with God’s child, but it only becomes verified and true when the patriarch, Joseph, voices it.