Gender Differences In The Movie A Separation

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Asghar Farhadi’s film, A Separation, focuses on the separation that occurs when the lives of two different families entwine with each other. The two families involved in this film have core differences and the conflict that occurs between them stems from gender, class, and religious issues. There is a constant battle in this film between individual family units, and when the two separate family units combine. Although this film focuses on two specific families, the message that Farhadi sends can be applied to all of society. This essay will argue that Farhadi portrays the overwhelming separation that today’s society falls victim to through analysing the conflicts of different gender, class, and religious positions between the two families of …show more content…
The conflict arises from a combination of class, and gender issues. Although they need the money, Razieh knows that Hojjat would not agree to let her work for a single man. When Hojjat finds out that Razieh has been going behind his back working instead of him, he is not happy. Gratitude is not an emotion he displays in this situation. Instead he states, “I should sue you for working for a single man we don’t even know” (Lane). Despite the fact that Razieh was trying to help her family, Hojjat can not recognize that beyond his pride. When Hojjat initially discovers that his wife has been working for a single man, he resorts to violence. While Razieh is in hospital, Nader reveals to Hojjat her employment status. As Hojjat and Nader discuss the situation, violence becomes involved has he becomes physical with Nader saying, “Sir, you’re single… my wife.” (A Separation 1:05:06). This heated argument confirms Razieh’s belief that Hojjat would have refused to let her work for a single male, even though they needed the money. Because gender roles are very important to society, the idea of a woman taking over the male 's role can be possibly jarring to some individuals. This is not a situation that is unique to Razieh and Hojjat. Farhadi creates a realistic portrayal of how a family unit can be strained by the …show more content…
Nader agrees to pay money to Razieh and Hojjat under one condition, she swears on the Quran that he caused her miscarriage. Razieh is immediately troubled by the need for money yet also the need to stay devout to her religion. During the heated argument between Razieh and her husband she states, “ It’s a sin… I’m scared. I swear to god, we’ll become hapless” (A Separation 2:23:40). Hojjat promises her that he would take blame for the sin, yet she still refuses. To him, receiving money from Nader is more important than Razieh sinning. Raziehs resistance to defy her religion causes a divide between her and her husband. Hojjat believes that they need the money in order to benefit their family. Razieh, on the other hand, believes that she needs to avoid sin in order to keep her family fortunate. In the end, Hojjat has what appears to be a mental breakdown and the audience can assume that they never received the money. Both sides can be justified, and that is arguably what causes such intense separation throughout the entire film

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