Karen Hollinger is a professor of English at Atlantic University, an author and is also a very strong feminist. Hollinger’s essay, “The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat People,” is an essay merely expressing how most monsters in novels or films are characterized as masculine identities and that viewers forget how powerful feminine identities in novels and films can be. Hollinger’s goal in this essay is to explain that feminine monsters are just as frightening all masculine monsters. She uses many references to movies with feminine monsters and expresses how powerful they are compared to masculine monsters and also expresses that males and females have castration anxieties. I think Hollinger succeeded in a sophisticated way because she
American author, Stephen King is known for his, rather, disturbing and on edge movies. Some might say he is the best when it comes to horror films. He knew the best ways to get under people 's skin, and when to do it. Each one of his movies took a different approach. There is a movie or everyone, and their fears.
Hollywood has always done a terrible job of depicting real women in film, and although his work has a somewhat misogynistic reputation, Alfred Hitchcock has done so much involving the progression of female roles in Hollywood cinema. Although many of his female victims wind up dead, the survivors have lots of power – and without reliance on their male counterparts. Women remain the central focus in many of Hitchcock’s films, not just because of their beauty, but because the narrative is dependent on them. When you look at his work in the context of this specific Hollywood era, Hitchcock’s female characters are very much out of the ordinary. Looking past the obvious presence of gender roles (male and female) that just so happened to be a part of the social norm during that time, Hitchcock sought to represent women with having more depth, realism, and independence than ever before in women in Hollywood.
[tab] SHEBA, BABY Blaxploitation films are a type of genre that I get a kick out of. They are wild, gritty, full of nudity, and beautiful women. The last movie that checked all those boxes off was Coffy, which also starred Pam Grier (Coffy Review). It was a film full of boobs, violence and jive talking dudes getting blasted away by the righteous Pam Grier. I was hoping that the tradition would continue with Sheba, Baby, but unfortunately, Pam Grier was at a point in her career where she wanted to broaden her acting abilities and refused to do the movie if there was any nudity.
In the beginning Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth was a ruthless and masculine woman. She showed the audience that, mentally and emotionally, she was stronger than Macbeth. Although as the story started to continue the audience began to see that she was becoming mentally insane. Throughout the story there was also evidence of shakespeare showing the more masculinity you had the more cuel you became. Through Lady Macbeth’s change from ruthless and masculin to insane, Shakespeare illustrates the impact of murder.
However, as the authors discuss, a man in a similar role would be characterized as strong and an effective leader. Sutherland, et al also highlights the conflicting views on women in power such as in the film Fatal Attraction, in which a deranged (Alex) woman aggressively seduces another woman’s husband (Dan) and the loyal wife uses her power to kill Alex. Both of these roles portrayed powerful women, but one was evil whose power needed to be controlled and the other was a protector of her her family. Also, Sutherland provides the views of prominent feminists (A. Dworkin & c. MacKinnon) who have grounded their analysis of inequality in the notion that masculinity means domination and femininity means subjection. The domination view holds that “what it means to be a woman
Deviating from romanticism, which would have focused on external depictions of horror, he concentrated on internal depictions of the human mind which reveal a character’s internal struggle and therefore make his depictions more realistic and stylishly accurate. Therefore, the accuracy in his depictions of people reveals the inner workings of the human mind and his outlook on them. Poe’s precise and intricate use of narrative and diction examines the psychological elements of human nature, thereby creating the new genre of gothic romanticism. Poe’s narrative style was unconventional as seen when describing the character’s environment in The Tell-Tale Heart. Poe uses first person narrative as a mean of revealing the character’s psyche.
Rough Draft Being known as a horror writer may be Mary Shelley’s claim to fame. In fact, at the mention of the author’s name, most people will automatically envision the bolt-necked monster with which we are all familiar. While Mary Shelley did not gain much recognition for her work during her lifetime, she used her experience and her writing to promote equality for women. She took aweful experiences throughout her lifetime and made magical horror stories about it and transformed herself into the horror story Mary Shelley we all know of now hundreds or years later. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born August 30th, 1797 in London, England.
Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become King ended up driving him crazy. Lady Macbeth, a deeply ambitious woman constantly insisted him of killing King Duncan and seized the Crown. Macbeth was being influenced by three witches and his lady Macbeth of doing such crimes. He was confused between right and wrong. He even had hallucination of the Dragger.
Early on in the play Lady Macbeth was characterized as a ruthless person, but later on in the play the audience softens up on her because she reveals her weak side. Lady Macbeth was a ruthless person, and no one expected it because even today in society women are not associated with evil characteristics, she demonstrates this when she continuously insults her husband. For example, when Macbeth changes his mind about killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth scolds him, and insults his masculinity and persuades him by saying that he owes it to her to kill Duncan. She uses this tactic of persuasion, by targeting Macbeths insecurities; this is very ruthless because Lady Macbeth shows becoming royalty over her husband’s dignity. With this in mind, usually relationships
McCormick made the point that running away is not as much of an option because of the threats of being beaten if one chooses that option. When Lakshimi first arrives at the brothel she fights back when a customer tries to rape her. Mumtaz does not like this so she beats her to the point where her entire body was scared. Lakshimi is scared to run away because she was told that Mumtaz’s goons will catch her and bring her back to Mumtaz to get beaten again. Lakshimi compares Mumtaz to a monster when she says “Only a monster can do what [Mumtaz] does to innocent girls,” (McCormick 231).The protagonist has been in the brothel the longest and she’s seen girls get kicked to fend for themselves or kill themselves, but she is “... afraid to imagine a life outside this place,” (McCormick 208).