Show don't Tell
Posted by Cassia on October 14, 1997 at 19:04:54:
In response to she'd have plenty of "rage" today, too, written by greg on October 13, 1997 at 00:23:22
] CB's feminism is strong. She felt the lot given to women wa too small, especially for those who had talent.
] no doubt true. but i doubt her views could be fully comprehended by our notion of "feminism".
] But I think her rage is still greater. CB was an angry woman not just in the feminist sense but in many more.
] that's kind of what i mean. but, of course, not just angry, either.
] ...if we were to look at CB in modern term she'd be the female exec who fought her way up the corporate ladder and insists on the purest silk next to her skin.
] i don't think you mean she'd literally be in the corporate world, do you? hard to believe bronte herself would be fighting on any other field besides the arts. guess you mean women generally.
] how do you fight to get what you want all day, yet take on the part of traditional upperclass womanhood at night? Can a woman have a "man's" sucess by day without losing some ancient part of herself?
] my guess: the same way one does anything worthwhile - with great difficulty! and speaking of having difficulties with worthwhile things, what do you think the chances are that this upcoming dramatization will be much more than a romance story? my guess: nil. :-(
Unfortuenately films become plodding when they attempt to take on "serious" issues. Besides, it's only two hours long.
I agree with Erin that the reason for CB's rage is that she took notice of what was going on around her. Although I think it was more than that, today she'd rage against different issuess but I think she would still be angry. Think of her three main points: the role of women, the role of class, the role of other people percetions in laying out our fate. The first two have changed significantly but her feelings of being unacknowledged and unappreciated may actually have increased in our society. Today we wouldn't call her by the somewhat kind term "plain", she would have gone through high school as an "ugly chick". To be not good looking today is of even more consequence than it was in the past. At least she didn't have to contend with "supermodels" or that really strange new girl on the block, the buxom tomboy/stipper. (I mean the artificially inflated girls on cable tv who all claim they are jocks who want nothing in their live more than taking their clothes off for men in Playboy. Who thinks this stuff up? Don't the men realise that most likely that these girls are lying?)
To be apprieciated for whom we are is one of life's most difficult tasks and one rarely acheived for any length of time.
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