Compare and contrast critically the core themes of two films discussed in the course, drawing on r

Compare and contrast critically the core themes of two films discussed in the course, drawing on r

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Compare and contrast critically the core themes of two films discussed in the course, drawing on relevant literature. To begin with, a few comments about both films; as Porter (1989, p. 11) stated, one of the meanings of the phrase “it was a good film” is that during the whole of the film we were never allowed to remember that we were. ..watching a film”. Both films, were amazingly understandable and easy “readable”. A lot of similarities and differences were found but not all stated. Some justifications of deviant women in criminological literature and films will be given and then, “Thelma and Louise” and “Chicago” core themes will be drawn and explained as seen by academics. Subsequently, the comparison of both films will be made and then relevant literature to the themes will be drawn in order for the comparison to be made. Looking back at criminological writings and comparing the presence of men and women in them, there is a noticeable absence of women from such writings. Their role in society was seen as being at home “serving” their husbands and taking care of their families. Oakley (1985, p. 56, in http://www.keltawebconcepts.com.au/ecrgend1.htm ) describe women in society; as she distinguished “women were primarily perceived as sexual objects and expected to remain within male dominated ideologies such as homemaker, carer and nurturer taking second place after men”. Similarly, Feinman (1994, p. 16, in http://www.keltawebconcepts.com.au/ecrgend1.htm ) point out that “Women who conform as pure, obedient daughters, wives and mothers benefit men and society”. Even in crime films, the role of women was never equal to men’s role (as main actors, being the criminals). Women, as criminals, were not commonly seen either in writings nor in crime films.
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“Thelma and Louise” and “Chicago” are two of the most important films about deviant women. On the one hand, we have “Thelma and Louise” who go away for a weekend (for “fishing”) out in the country, and they end up being considered “dangerous criminals” and wanted in two states for: murder, robbery, kidnapping and criminal damage (lorry truck). On the other hand, we have Roxie and Velma (in “Chicago”) along with several other women all of them being in jail for murdering their husbands; every woman has her own reason(s) for the murder of her husband or boy friend (Roxie killed her lover because he lied to her about knowing the owner of the cabaret she wanted to work as a dancer; Velma killing her husband, and sister, because she caught him cheating on her with her sister; “Pop” killed her husband because he kept popping his bubble-gum and not being sympathetic; ‘Squish’ killed her husband with a kitchen knife because she was accused by him of sleeping with the milkman - according to her, “he ran onto the knife” etc). Although some reasons are considered to be unintelligent (i.e. “Pop” killing her husband because he was popping his gum), at the time, they considered them as
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course SC 6300 taught by Professor Mark during the Spring '08 term at University of Chester.

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