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Women In Films. Essay

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Designed to prove that a woman can be anybody she desires to be, the legendaryfilm, "Evita", is now shown to millions of movie viewers. Alan Parker's "Evita" isa reflection of the much-publicized images of two popular self-made heroines ofdifferent era, Evita and Madonna. The discussion of this essay will show us howthese ladies got far and revered once by their followers.The life of Evita Peron is almost like a dramatization of a romantic fiction,about the tale of a young and poor illegitimate girl, who escapes the crueltyand poverty of her hometown, and Aflees to the big city to become a movie star,fights her way to the top through succession of men, marries her country=spresident, only to die at a young age of 33" (Harbinson 154). Eva was bornillegitimate in a small remote town of Argentina, and spent most of herchildhood life under a cloud of illegitimacy. Besides being poor, Eva and hersisters were regarded as bastard children , and for this reason, they wereAlooked upon as "brats" and often prevented from associating with the otherchildren of thevillage. This sense of rejection and the ridicules that youngEva and her family received from the other villagers, formed the basis of herhatred of Argentinas middle and upper classes (19).Eva grew up to be an intelligent, beautiful, and glamorous teen-ager, whoattracted many men's attention. Aside from her good looks, Eva had the charmthat could get her all the things she wanted, the character of a woman who nevergave into negative circumstances, and a determination so strong, she found herway to the balcony of the presidential palace of Argentina. The painfulrejection, and the traumatic events of her father's funeral, when she and herfamily were refused entry by his legal wife, were still in Eva's mind when sheleft her hometown for the big city to seek a better life.Despite her blighted childhood and early personal loss, Evita never let herselfbe a victim, and instead, used her deprivations as a motivating machine. Shedeveloped a strong courage, a ruthless ambition, and a hunger for success andpower (185-186). Armed with all the good looks, strong character,determination to succeed, and, the secret resentment she nurtured against theruling classes of Argentina who looked down on her family, Evita was ready tochange her life.Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, Evita found out that rich and poor people do existin the big cities. But this sight did not discourage Eva, and she went on tobecome a film and radio performer. Although Evita had the glamour and talent tobecome successful, she was also aware of the Acrushing limitations imposed uponArgentinean women of relentless male chauvinism. It was the men who had thefreedom and earned the money to use it(25). But Evita was determined not to bea victim, she instead, use men as a stepping stone to her success as she did toAugustine Magaldi to escape out of her hometown.In the film, Evita, Alan Parker portrays Madonna as if it was meant for her tobe born to...

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