Feminist Characters In The Film Clarice Starling

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When discussing feminist characters, it’s easy to get caught up on the more overtly feminine personalities, such as Elle Woods from “Legally Blond” or perhaps Dorothy Gale from “The Wizard of Oz”. However, the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs”, an “...intense, gritty crime odyssey,”(Grow, 2016) supplies a strong, feminist character who isn’t afraid to get down to business. Throughout the film, Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, silently breaks gender roles in order to compete with the male authority that she faces all around her. From avoiding suggesting gazes and unwanted sexual advances, to holding one’s ground in a male workplace, Starling takes on a role that is the constant recipient of the male scrutiny, impulse, and hostility. Clarice is placed into a distinctly feminist role by the use of powerful cinematography, the actions of her male counterparts and Clarice’s own actions while in the face of ethical adversity. The story concerns the young Clarice Starling, a promising FBI cadet at a training academy located in Quantico, Virginia. Jack Crawford of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit assigns Starling to befriend the notorious Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist and imprisoned cannibalistic killer. Starling is forced to cooperate with Dr. Lecter, as his insight proves useful in identifying “Buffalo Bill”; the serial killer responsible for skinning young women just after murdering them. The transgender killer takes the skin from his victims

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