The Film Water And Fire: Women On The Move

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Women on the Move

The movie “Water” and “Fire” reflect on how women fight for empowerment and the challenges they faced from the opposite dominant sex displayed in the Indian culture. Empowerment is one’s self-strength, control, your decision making and fighting for your rights. Through tough time women in Hindu culture spoke out against a society controlled by the male.
The film “Water" concentrates on the social state of a woman in Indian society, on the social position of a widow. A widow’s life is not only difficult; it is also rather unfair. The women, after the death of their husband, had three choices, which were to burn with their dead husbands, lead a life of self-denial, or if family permits marry her husband’s
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She would sell widows under her care to men, the permanent clients of the ashram. Madhumati and the eunuch used Kaylani for their personal financial gains. The other widows never showed any empathy or sympathy for Kaylani were used in such a fashion. The wealthy clients showed no empathy or sympathy because they only cared for their sexual gratification. The act of female empowerment in “Water” was almost nonexistent. Narayan was a follower of Gandhi, and he demonstrated empathy for Kaylani and the other widows. While spending time with Narayan, Kaylani became more self-empowered. She stood up for herself against Madhumati on at least two occasions. First, when questioned by Madhumati about getting married, Kaylani stood up for her right to marry. Then again, when she tells Madhumati that they live in an ashram, not a brothel. Another example of female empowerment is Shankutala questions her preacher about the rule of widowed women in their holy scriptures, and he informs her about the new law, which allows widowed women to re-marry. The beginning of a new revolution has started in Indian, women began to take control of their …show more content…
Rama treatment is what we called today “intimate partner violence.” He puts her on display for all the soldiers to see, showed no affection and told to abandon her in the forest. She must pass a fire ordeal to show her purity and even after passing him continue to mistreat her. She would rather earth swallowed up than go live with Rama. Sita was considered an ideal woman because she has never questioned Rama’s decisions. Indian women admire Sita courage, her power, and passion. Most wanted nothing to with the male dominate culture. Sita was empowering to fight against what her husband wishes. She has allowed other women to stand up against mistreatment by their spouses. The fire ordeal is still prevalent today in India and traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, women, still vow to obey her

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