Symbolism In The Dressmaker

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The Dressmaker
How has the film maker presented the personal journey and growth of the main protagonists?
The 2015 film “The Dressmaker” directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet (Myrtle Dunnage) and Judy Davis (Molly Dunnage) as two of its main protagonists. In order, to enhance the personal journeys and growth of the protagonists. The film uses very prominent symbols such as the sewing machine, which is recognised as Tilly’s secret weapon. The resolution of the film also includes a very significant symbol which is fire, which exemplifies the purging and cleansing. The theme of love is also powerful as it shows the fractured bond between mother (Molly) and daughter (Tilly) during the orientation and how their relationship ends with exhibiting the unconditional love for each other. The author imbedded camera angles and shots to present the journey and growth of the main protagonists, as well as clothing and music.
Symbolism is one device which is utilised to present the personal journey and growth of the main protagonists. One of the recurring symbols which represents the main protagonist, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage, is the sewing machine. The machine is an extended metaphor which represents Tilly’s ability to mend, create and transforms people’s lives. In fact, Molly explains to Teddy that, “…our genius here does make them look different, less like themselves and more like they wanna be.” The clothing is created in a very thoughtful way because the dresses
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