Analysis Of The Movie ' Pariah ' Essay

1289 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Dee Rees’s film Pariah has a very easy storyline to follow. A young woman who is suffering because she has to balance two lives, her life with her mother and her true life, breaks, free from the oppressive forces that make her conform to what society says a young woman should be like. The protagonist has to overcome many obstacles within herself, her family, and other outside forces to prevail and proclaim her true identity. Pariah is not like most coming of age stories. It gives an interesting and provocative twist on the traditional coming of age story. The film tells the story that of Alike, a woman who is beginning to explore her sexuality and expression. She knows that she is a lesbian, but what happens when lesbianism doesn’t make you feel complete? Alike wears boy clothes and carries herself as man, but still embraces her identity as a woman. To the non-critical eye, Alike’s sexuality can be seen as the biggest problem for her mother, but it was not. Alike and Audrey represent the two different types of the same woman. An oppressed woman who finds freedom and an oppressed woman who continues to live in her oppression. In this paper, I will argue how the resentment Audrey had for Alike’s expressive freedom showcases the oppressed position black women hold in society and how it inhibits them from expressing themselves in ways that break traditional norms.
Since the beginning of time, black women have been constantly fetishized, sexualized, and degraded. When a black…

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