Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Womens Real Life Problems in Thelma and Louise and Shirley Valentine E
Womens Real Life Problems in Thelma and Louise and Shirley Valentine Throughout the history of need actresses have always received the worst roles in which to portray women. Women are often featured as lovers or prostitutes, backstage roles that support the power and domination of men. Hollywood has always been dominated and run by the influence of male actors and directors. Statistics have acquaintn that 71% of male actors are given major roles compared to women who receive only 29% of centre stage roles. Thelma and Louise and Shirley are twain films, which change that. They portray wo human beings in a positive role, covering them in a positive light against male oppression. Although Shirley Valentine is a British film and Thelma and Louise is American, both films still show women facing the prejudice of society in the 20th century. In this way women viewers can relate to the films believing them to show the difficulties women face in life, the los s of womens individuality due to the domination of their husbands and their experiences of sexism and prejudice in modern day society. There are many similarities as well as differences in both films and the storylines are varied, yet both films still feature woman who overcome the typical stereotype that they are nothing but sexual objects for men to abuse. Thelma and Louise a road film featuring two women who are trying to run away from the law because Louise has shot a man who was trying to rape Thelma. Throughout their journey they go on a quest of self-discovery realising the mistakes they have made in life and finding their true identity element among the ravages their partners have made ... ... were losing. Therefore I believe both films are successful in presenting stories from a womens viewpoint on the real life problems women face. Both films are realistic and can be compared to the lives of many women in the same situations. These films forego women to relate to the characters and experience emotions on issues that they have faced end-to-end history such as rape and sexism. They allow women to feel a sense of hope and to make them understand that they are individuals who must fulfil their dreams. Shirley Valentine and Thelma and Louise allow women to overcome stereotypical images of housewives and sex objects and present women as strong with their own individual characters. In this way both films are successful in showing the problems and issues women face and overcome from a female perspective.