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5/31/2019 Argumentative Essay ENGL 1101 - Google Docs 1/4 Burr 1 Sophia Burr Professor Jurjević ENGL 1101 31 May 2019 She’s Smiling, is She Happy? A story of female empowerment, marriage, and education, Mona Lisa Smile encapsulates the life of women during the 1950s in the United States. While movies featuring powerful female protagonists in the modern day are becoming more popular, this movie focuses on the conservative environment of a time passed where female liberation is not thought of or seen as important. It strives to push against the narrowmindedness regarding the future of women whether it be in their education, career or family. This film brings together all the factors which constitute a good movie from a well­developed story and carefully crafted cinematography to eliciting deep emotions and thought which greatly affect the audience. Mona Lisa Smile follows the story of a modernist female art history teacher, Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) who starts working at the most pristine and conservative women’s college in the United States. Watson’s dream of working at Wellesley College quickly turns to disappointment and frustration as she notices the uptight and conservative expectations of the school. This coupled with the fact that although they are the smartest women in the country, the girls are more concerned with their future as wives than a continued education or career. She
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