The Stepford Wives Compare And Contrast

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Robot or Stepford? By: Hiba Tabbara Imagine living in gated town, grass on every lawn, mansion-like houses, and big busted women who follow their husbands’ orders. Now, imagine that a place like this is controlling the citizens’ lives. This is Stepford. “The Stepford Wives” by Ira Levin, published in 1972, shows an anti-feminist point of view where women are portrayed as “perfect” housewives who worship their husbands and do what is supposed to please them. This book was made into two movies, one in 1975 and the other in 2004. Although both movies are similar, their genres differ. The 1975 movie of “The Stepford Wives” shows the horror of having a town made of robots whereas the remake gives it a more comedic side. In the 2004 remake, we see a typical New York family looking for a fresh start. They choose to move to Stepford, Connecticut. At first, Stepford seems like a normal town with normal people. Surprisingly, things are different than how they were in New York. Electronic houses and home appliances are in almost every home, sport cars driven by men, and many strange activities. Men have a “Stepford Men’s Association” at the very top of a mountain where they get together in order to play video games, have a drink, or even discuss their wives. This association is related to “All That Is Solid Melts into Air” by Marshall Berman. Modernity has been affecting our lives in many ways which we are able to see in the movie, “The Stepford Wives”. The Stepford Wives
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