In the film Sunset Boulevard many characters struggled with wishes, lies and dreams of fame and fortune. The film states the corruption in Hollywood and that people will do anything to get ahead. With hope and delusion each character tries to gain happiness, while only being self-destructive and isolating themselves. The characters ultimately deny their problems and confuse those around them. One character in the film who struggles with her wishes, lies and dreams is, Norma Desmond, a washed up actress.
The goal of this essay is to evaluate Odysseus’s conduct with the nymphs, the sirens, and his wife, Penelope. The role of women in the Odyssey is paramount and very well represented. In fact, there are more female characters in the Odyssey than a typical Hollywood movie would ever have. I personally do not believe that Odysseus was some kind of a woman-hating monster who used women to get what he wanted in life instead his mission in life was to get home to Penelope his wife and son Telemachus but was forced into some very difficult situations and circumstances along the way. For example, when he is almost completely seduced by Calypso and inevitably stay on her island for several years due to lust and lavish opportunity delaying his journey home.
These decisions led to seclusion from society and the ones they loved. King Lear and Norma’s microcosms were based on distorted perceptions and caused the discrepancy between their old fashioned ways and their modern societies. Norma was ignorant to believe that she was still top dog in Hollywood and Lear was irrationally blind to his daughter’s
From the start of the novel, it is clear that the narrator, Cecelia Brady, does not favorably view Hollywood. Growing up as the daughter of a movie industry executive, Cecelia provides an insider’s perspective into the supposed glamorous lifestyle of Hollywood. Early on, Cecelia reflects on how she “always wished fervently that we looked more interesting than we did” (Fitzgerald 8). Through her reflection, Cecelia realizes that the people in the movie industry were not as special as people thought them to be, and that the reality of working within Hollywood often failed to meet the expectation of adoring
In their defence they often reference to her small talks with Macbeth, where her opinions often surpass his (1; 7; 72-74). But, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is no feminist lady. Throughout the play, she is viewed by the audience as a selfish female character, consumed with ambition to successfully bring the witches prophecy of Macbeth becoming king into reality. Unlike, Macbeth who tends to carry out his deeds holily, Lady Macbeths ambition completely disgraces the definition of feminist, believing regicide of faithful leader King Duncan is the way to gain power. Macbeths strong values, belies and attitudes of King Duncan, created a series of doubts towards Lady Macbeths idea, since.
The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun has been hailed by many as a feminist tale, which makes one wonder how famed feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta has yet to make a movie adaptation of this book. From her own experience in the film industry, she would understand how the "glamor" of it would attract Doris, and von Trotta would no doubt admire Doris 's determination to make it into the industry. If von Trotta were to make a movie adaptation of Keun 's novel, she would focus on how Doris is the "artificial silk" girl of the title. Much like artificial silk, Doris herself is easily "ruined," in the eyes of others, is always trying to look like something she is not, but is reliable when treated right. The path Doris takes that leads
For one Daisy is seen as an up and coming woman especially for the times as she is seen making her own choices, but ultimately her foil, is that she does not want to be in control of her choices and she chooses to be with Tom. But more importantly her character is a representation and a symbol of the American dream that Gatsby has, and shows how he has failed to reach it. The American Dream being that anyone can become wealthy or successful in America if they work hard enough, regardless of there class. In the novel Daisy is a character that is described as beautiful, in particular her voice, which Nick spends a whole paragraph describing “It was the kind of voice the ear follows up and down.” In the film the majority of this representation is left up to the actress, Carey Mulligan and she gives a fairly good performance portraying the character, she certainly looks the part, and her voice while definitely not as extravagant as Nick describes fits the part well. However, The key thing about Daisys character is that she is Gatsby’s American dream.
Poverty is an ongoing issue that affects people all over the world. Although some individuals are able to turn their lives around, not everyone who works hard ends up attaining the American Dream. In the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, the protagonist, Chris Gardner, analyzes the famous quote from the Declaration of Independence after his wife tells him she is leaving and wonders if some people only pursue happiness, but never actually achieve it. While the movie is an inspirational story, it portrays the wrong message that money is the only key to happiness. Throughout the movie, the intention is to inform the audience that anything is possible with hard work, but instead it gives off a false perception.
Just as the American Dream- the pursuit of happiness- has degenerated into a quest for more wealth, Gatsby’s powerful dream of happiness with Daisy has become the motivation for lavish excess and criminal activities. He used his dream to escape from his past, but then was stuck on hold for when he lost Daisy the only part of the dream he really cared for. Gatsby made a dream just for Daisy so she could be apart of his, but saw the meaningless of it when she didn’t choose him in the end. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….
Today, people hope to achieve more wealth and a better lifestyle than how they are currently living in; and they do so by immigrating into the US in the hopes of success. People that immigrate into America usually end up struggling once they arrive. The restriction that these immigrants under go through include inequality, racism, and much more. In the Great Gatsby, sexism is one of the factors that restrict women from becoming equal to men. This sexism is portrayed through Daisy’s thoughts about her daughter, “I’m glad it’s a girl.