Compare and Contrast Essay

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John Landis directed the movie, Trading Places. The movie is about Louis, a snobby investor, and Billy, a street con artist, who find their lives reversed as a part of a bet by two millionaires. Louis’ girlfriend, Penelope, leaves him after his life completely changes. After a couple days he meets Ophelia, who takes him into her apartment and takes care of him through his struggles. Both of these women are a big part of Louis’ life but they are very different. Their appearances, personalities and how they are involved with Louis can both be compared and contrasted.
Appearance can always be used to compare and contrast two characters in a movie. Penelope is a brunette with medium length hair. She also wears makeup that makes her look sophisticated and important. The makeup she wears does not make her look anything less than a rich woman. Her clothes are also of the rich fashion. She almost always wears a fashionable hat and fancy coat. Her house looks just as rich as her clothes portray her to be. With a huge house, multiple rooms with no use, and of course a butler at her beg and call, she can only be classified as rich.
On the other hand Ophelia is almost the exact opposite. The only thing same about the two is that Ophelia also has brown hair, but it is much shorter than Penelope’s. Ophelia is not always a brunette though; She wears a red haired wig on occasion. Because of her job title, prostitute, she has many different colored wigs in her apartment that she switches off from job to job. Her daily makeup also is affected by her job. She usually has more make-up on than she needs. This includes red lipstick and an exaggerated amount of eye shadow. Ophelia also lives in a one-bedroom apartment.
While both of the women were in Louis’ life, their personalities were totally different. Despite her rich appearance, Penelope is not a nice woman. Being the rich type usually goes hand in hand with being a snob and that’s exactly what Penelope is. She was not too rude when Louis had his life together at the beginning of the movie but once he went to jail and became poor she was very rude to him. She also hates the homeless because they are less than her. Throughout the movie she was rude, snobby and sometimes...

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