Elements Of Feminism In Rear Window By Alfred Hitchcock

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In the movie ‘Rear Window’ by Alfred Hitchcock, there is a distinct view of the world and how, in the director’s opinion, men and women fit in. It helped pinpoint some recurring elements about men and women and how they interact together. Men are shown as damaged and needing help, while women are shown as caregivers. Throughout the movie, feminine independence and strength are shown multiple times through the characters and their dialogs, despite taking place during a time period where men were dominate. Feminism plays an important role in the film throughout several different scenes. Lisa, one of the main important characters, is introduced as a successful, smart and beautiful woman. Lisa is a fashion magazine editor who wants nothing more than to marry Jeff. However, Jeff keeps her at a distance because he feels she is too perfect. Marriage is just a trap laid out for all single men according to Jeff. But, Lisa is a woman who is determined to get what she desires and is willing to do anything to get what she deserves even if it means putting herself in danger. An example of this is her love for Jeff. Lisa wants to marry Jeff and tries to show him she can be the ideal housewife through several different scenes of the movie. Lisa keeps trying to show Jeff that she loves him in the only way she knows how, showering him with gifts and planning surprises. Despite the fact that these are not necessarily attributes that Jeff is looking for in a wife, he fails to see what lies
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