Shirley Valentine (1989) Essay

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I consider "Shirley Valentine" an interesting and inspired movie for it makes the married woman Shirley has the courage to dream again and have the opportunity to pursue her dreams. And the movie also reminds me of many literary works and movies that focus on the feminine issue, such as the play "A doll's house" written by Henrik Ibsen and movie "The purple Rose of Cairo" directed by Woody Allen. In those works, the female characters experience the oppression of their husbands and marriage, in the same time they also have the burden of children and many house chores. Therefore, they are eager to be changed or do something different.In the beginning of the movie, the main character Shirley is talking to the wall in the kitchen as if the wall is her close friend. After marry to her husband, she always has to stay in the kitchen prepare for the meal and do other house chores. There is no one in the house will accompany her or listen to her. What is more, she seldom goes out with her friends after being married, so this is the only way that she releases her pressure and emotions. I think it is a common and miserable phenomenon which implies that under the circumstance, woman has nothing to do but accept the reality. Just like the main female character in "The Purple Rose of Cairo", Cecilia. She has a husband who has bad temper and used to abuse her and scold at her. In order to escape from the reality, she often goes to the theater and relaxes herself by seeing movie. In "A doll's house", Nora tends to spend money on buying luxurious things, just like the modern people usually do compulsive buying for relaxing. Only "the wall", "the movie" and "spending" can accept women's feelings, and never against them.After Shirley had a quarrel with her husband, she decides to go to Greece. She realizes that she must escape from the situation for a while. At the same time, Cecilia in "The purple rose of Cairo" falls into love with the handsome movie character. When the character in the movie becomes real person and...

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