The Theme Of Oppression In Jane Campion's The Piano

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Register to read the introduction… It is raw, yet the cinematography is breathtaking. The movie connects on several levels, several which are unaware to the viewer. The story is odd but it speaks to a primal need to be loved and to love. Many of the images are disturbing. The story is simple and brutal and points out the smallness of humans on our huge and beautiful planet. Much of the movie is hard to take but I think it deserved all of its accolades.

The themes of “The Piano” mirror many of the things described in the textbooks of Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson and Women’s Lives by Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey.

Both texts describe the matrix of oppression and the matrix of domination (Johnson, 2001). The interconnection of Ada’s traits – a handicapped woman – obviously made her least privileged and oppressed character. She was auctioned off like a lamp to a man she doesn’t know in a foreign land. When she arrives, her wants and needs are suppressed by several factors, most notably her husband Alisdair Stewart. Stewart is oppressed by his foreign nationality as witnessed in the scene where he is negotiating with the New Zealand Maori Indians. Baines is oppressed because of his socioeconomic status on the island. He is poor and therefore must bow to the wishes of

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