Essay Response: Role of Women in Literature and Movies
I agree with you Darren on the point that in almost all the movies and readings, women were presented to be second-hand human beings as compared to their male counterparts. Actually, in “Anna Karenina”, Anna is presented as an infidel woman and the society scorns her for that, whereas his brother, who is an infidel as well, is seen to be doing the right thing. They are both doing the same thing, but by virtue of being a woman, it is considered a sin and against the morals of the society. However, as you mentioned, “Love in the Time of Cholera” is gender-neutral since the main female protagonist, Fermina makes her decisions without being influenced by his father. Nevertheless, do you think Fermina was right to ignore her father’s view about her relationship with Florentino and continued communicating it him?
I also agree with you Darren on the common bond that links the films and readings covered in the past few weeks. Social injustice and love are evident in all the contexts under consideration and your sentiments of “Anna Karenina” are potent. Despite her husband’s lack of affection, Anna had a hint that he loved her, and that is why she is hesitant to give in to Vronsky’s advancements and getting a divorce. There are some people in society, who struggle in expressing what they feel, and it takes patience to understand them. Moreover, despite Anna and Vronsky having an affair, Anna’s husband agrees to take care of their son with Anna, an act of care and humility. Even in modern society, women are still treated differently as compared to men. Lastly, do you think women and men should be treated equally by society in terms of infidelity?
“Anna Karenin”. Dir. Joe Wright. Perf. KeiraKnighley & Jude Law. Focus Features, 2013. DVD
“Love in the Time of Cholera”. Dir. Mike Newell. Perf. Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno,
Benjamin Bratt. New Line Home Entertainment, 2007. DVD.