Characteristics Of Femme Fatale

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1. My definition of a “good” feminist is someone who pursues equality between genders and in society. I believe the femme fatale character does celebrate a women’s agency by placing women into less traditional roles. Before this type of character became popular, women in movies where portrayed as being weak and not important. The femme fatale character gave women the opportunity to prove that they can be more than a “damsel in distress” who needs to be saved by the male hero. The introduction of this archetype allowed women to be portrayed somewhat equally to men in movies. Women were allowed to be dangerous, cunning, intelligent, and in control of the situation. Thus, the femme fatale character is a "good" feminist good feminist because it demonstrates that women can be equal to men various ways. However, some may argue that the reliance on sexuality does not celebrate a women agency because it is demeaning to women and prolongs the stereotype that women are just eye candy/sexual objects. I do not agree with this because everyone has the right to do as they please with their body as long as it does not harm them or society. In my opinion, sexuality is not the most significant aspect of the femme fatale characters, it is the emotional manipulation. 2. After reading chapters 1 -12 I concluded that Cora is indeed a “femme fatale” because she is both sexually attractive from Frank’s perspective and has a habit of complicating things for the men who love her (Frank Chambers

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