In contrast, The Dressmaker does contain strong lead roles, however majority of them being female rather than male. This modification present in The Dressmaker encourages the theme of women’s empowerment showcased in the story and overall engages a modern audience with its contemporary approach to a current issue. Another theme that is also addressed in The Dressmaker which is not viewed in Spaghetti Westerns is the theme of domestic violence. Both Molly and Marigold are understood as being victims of abuse under antagonist Evan Pettyman. Nevertheless, identical to most Spaghetti Western conclusions, it is the protagonist who triumphs and the antagonist who catches defeat.
She also admits she lacks political experience, which displays her honesty to the audience. She expresses, “You may be thinking, ‘Who is this Harry Potter girl, and what is she doing speaking at the UN?’” (Watson 15) This quote exhibits that she wants to be as honest as possible. Some may think that it actually helps her that she is detached from the political world. This is because she builds her ethos by using her own accomplishments and honesty. These attributes about her prove that she truly cares about the subject and is willing to work for what she believes in.
This is evidenced by the “waist-high chain-like fence.” that surrounds the apartment. Not only does this physically prevent Ashima leaving with ease, it also indicates her struggle to find peace. The fence is described to be low enough to step over and escape however it symbolises Ashima’s internal conflict to accept the lifestyle in America. She is given the opportunity to live freely however she may not feel able to accept such difference and leave her Indian lifestyle behind. In being enclosed this way she lacks comfort from family members and friends when attempting to adapt to the change.
In the short story “Fear” by Terry Trueman, Zo, the protagonist, is completely terrified in his house, alone, but he has a spark of confidence to stand up for himself and take action. To begin, Zo is careful and smart when there are burglars outside of his house. Zo does not want the burglars to know he is at home. In the text it states, that Zo is silent when moving down the hall, being smart about where he stepped so the burglars wouldn’t know that he is home. “Zo moves silently down the hall, avoiding spots where he knows the floor creaks.” Zo is also very clever when he went and grabbed his aluminum baseball bat because if the burglars did some in, he had some way to protect himself.
In a novel full of remarkable characters, Mildred Montag lies on the other end of the spectrum. Mildred, Guy’s artificial, hollow wife, reminds the reader how the common citizen of society lives life and interacts with others. With her hardest decision in her shallow void of a life being deciding what show to watch on her 3-wall television, Mildred sees her life as perfect and won’t have her opinion rattled by anyone or even herself. She refuses to recognize the emotions locked away under her fragile, bleached skin. Mildred Montag is the epitome of a mediocre citizen who sees her life as the best it can possibly be due to lack of ambition, and this character is what my representation encaptures.
The Yellow Wallpaper, A Feminist Text According to Charlotte Perkins, the author behind “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the text was written in response to Silas Weir Mitchell’s infamous rest cure. The rest cure was established during the late 1800’s and prospered the most in the United Kingdom, and the United States. This cure was intended to treat neurasthenia, hysteria, and different forms of nervous illnesses, but it was ultimately used as a remedy for anorexia nervosa. Although this treatment was designed for both sexes, it alluded to women more than men. With that being said, if Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell’s rest cure were to be applied and followed today, it would most certainly cause havoc and earn a protest in response.
In addition, she is also well-informed with how to behave when in the company of girls. These social skills allow her to become the leader of the group of friends, as well as the inciter of the bullying of Elaine (Lloyd 14). Elaine becomes a scapegoat for her friends who abuse her and Cordelia in particular. The trio of Carol, Grace and Cordelia constantly criticizes Elaine for her shortcomings and dominates her with the excuse of improving her manners and personality. Pavla Chudějová in “Exploring the women’s experience” states that since Cordelia cannot compare to her attractive and talented older sisters, she makes great effort to keep up appearances in fear of being considered “disappointing” (Cat’s Eye 73).
Collier-Meek, 2011) examined the gender role depictions of the prince and princess' characters. It focuses on their behavioral characteristics and climatic outcomes in the films using gender role approach. The female characters were categorized according to the typical feminist lens. In Beauty and the Beast the princess, Belle, was equally as brave, a traditionally masculine trait, as she was nurturing, a feminine one. The princess was more assertive and the prince was equally as sensitive as the princess (Dawn Elizabeth England & Lara Descartes &Melissa A. Collier-Meek, 2011; page 564).
Kingston has rarely seen independent woman and they seem to be very happy every time she’s encountered one. Kingston dreams of one day being able to be like the happy independent woman in the pictures. “A job and a room” seems so simple, but in a life where Kingston is told she can be a wife or a slave this seems like quite the luxury. In another example Kingston, through Fa Mu Lan, reveals how one’s life is more fulfilling if he or she defies the gender norms. In “White Tigers,” Fa Mu Lan is preparing to leave to war as she “[puts] on my men’s clothes and armor and tied [her] hair in a man’s fashion.
Her husband locked Jane away in the nursery and forbid her from the rest of the house. Jane also does not believe she fits in well at the mansion just as she does not fit into the role of a wife. Her husband also hides her away from everyone else in the nursery as if he is embarrassed of her. Towards the end of the story Jane even begins to suspect that the room was actually an asylum for adults. The windows of the room are barred up and windows represent freedom in many ways.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman have similar types of characters, similar types of settings, and differing types of themes. In both of the stories, the protagonist feels trapped, secluded, and powerless. In The Metamorphosis, Gregor is resented by his family, and is not allowed to leave his room. In the beginning, only his sister, Grete Samsa, even dares to go near him. Near the end, however, Grete does not approach him.
Angelica is the eldest sister and has an interest in progressive politics and believes in women’s rights. She is willing to subvert her own desires for the wellbeing of her sisters. Eliza, the middle sister, is less assertive than Angelica, but still views the world progressively. She feels deeply and reacts with passion. Over the course of the show, she is seen to mature in her views of the world and love.
They showed that they were not made for the house, they were independent and capable. Women after World War II emerged from the home and showed their true potential. Women were previously seen as incapable, but they proved they were in many ways such as in industries and sports. Women were strong and independent and showed their true gifts when they emerged from the house. In the movie, A League of Their Own, a group of women with a passion came together and made history.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman uses the visual imagery of the narrator’s environment to emphasize the conditions of her isolation brought upon by her husband. The narrator is confined in an “atrocious nursery” (78) with “rings and things in the wall”, (77) an “immoveable…nailed down” bed (81) and “windows that look all ways” but are “barred for little children” (77). Despite her multiple objections, John refuses to change their bedroom and keeps her stationed where he pleases. The barred windows present evidence of deception as John refuses to let her clearly see outside the home where they are supposedly vacationing. The “nailed down bed” is a metaphor for her confinement to the house and John’s intention of keeping her there.
The article “Beauty And The Patriarchal Beast: Gender Role Portrayals In Sitcoms Featuring Mismatched Couples” give the sense of two ideas. In the beginning of the article I got the idea that sitcoms or comedy represent feminist power more often now when compared to the olden days. The article used sitcoms form the olden days (1950s to the 1990s) and compare it to sitcoms today. They talked about how women are gain more power in sitcoms. “If any character on the show becomes the target of humor, it is the wife .