The Theme Of Sexism In What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

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Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane is a 1962 psychological thriller. It is the story of the twisted dynamic of two siblings. Bette Davis plays Baby Jane Hudson, an aging actress who holds her paraplegic sister Blanche (Joan Crawford) captive in an old mansion. Throughout the film, Jane’s bitterness towards her sister sister escalates and even turns into torture and violence. While the film’s plot undoubtedly keeps the audience hanging on the edge of their seat, it 's the film’s commentary on ageism, sexism and sibling rivalry that truly make it a masterpiece. Throughout the film, ageism, sibling rivalry, and even sexism play a huge role in the film’s development. First, ageism is to blame for Jane and Blanche’s rancorous relationship. …show more content…
Jane’s intense jealousy for her sister demonstrates just how serious of a problem it really can be. In families, sibling rivalry is extremely common and even more common amongst siblings of the same gender and age group. According to the Australian Childhood Foundation, “ Sibling rivalry has been identified as more common among children who are the same gender and close together in age”. From my own experiences with my brother, I can attest to just how common of an issue it is. Perhaps even more interesting, was how easily small tasks would turn into a competition. I recall me and my brother practically knocking each other over to get to my mom’s car so as to call shotgun for front seat privileges. While this kind of competition was generally benign, it certainly did occur. In many cases, families even try to hide sibling rivalry. They do this because it is easier to cover up an issue than to address it directly. By addressing the issue directly, parents have to admit a certain degree of accountability on their part. This gets uncomfortable as they would have to confront some of their parenting flaws head …show more content…
However, it is safe to say that she did not make it. First, Blanche was is really bad shape. She was disabled to begin with and only got more weak as Jane deprived her of food and water. To make matters even worse, Jane dragged Blanche to the beach in her malnourished state and wrapped her in a blanket on a hot summer day. At this point in the film, Blanche was extremely weak and dehydrated. This is the point where Blanche finally told Jane her secret. She told her that she was the one who was responsible for crippling herself, not Jane. One could assume that the only way Blanche was going to tell Jane this secret was if he knew she knew herself that she was going to die as it was so important and the root of Jane’s guilt and

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