Gender Roles Of The 1950s And 1950s Essay

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Throughout a film, many different multicultural issues such as, gender, sexuality, race, and class, are used to create something viewers will remember. Therefore, each of these aspects plays a significant role and helps characterize each actor in a film. However, these multicultural issues can also have a significant impact on the populations that view these films. Gender, specifically, plays a crucial role in creating films with such influence. By looking at the “movement” of film noir, an influence of gender roles can be displayed and analyzed. In the film Double Indemnity, we can see how the use of the treatments of masculinity and the Femme Fatale character reinforce gender roles of the 1940s and 1950s. Men in film noir, specifically Double indemnity, are shown to be very masculine characters. Just by looking at males in film noir, however, may not convince someone of his masculinity. He might actually posses many feminine characteristics that deviate from the definition of a masculine male. However, it is through his actions that we are able to determine his masculinity. By looking at these masculine actions, or “Manhood Acts,” specific gender roles of males can be displayed. In Douglas Schrock and Michael Schwalbe’s Men, Masculinity, and Manhood Acts, these acts of manhood are as described as “a claim to membership in the privileged gender group” (103). Some of these actions might include using crude gestures, wearing a certain type of clothing,…

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