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Discuss the issues of power and femininity that are developed in the film Elizabeth.

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Discuss the issues of power and femininity that are developed in the film Elizabeth In the film Elizabeth exist relevant issues of power and femininity which affected the queen during her monarchy. By power is meant the "control over people, a place or a situation" and by femininity is understood "having the qualities that are considered typical of a woman". These two issues develop in the film in order to create certain obstacles and other solutions while Queen Elizabeth is in power. Though they affect in different ways her government, they are also responsible for the final success of her country. In asserting power as the monarch o England, Elizabeth faces many difficulties and problems. She is seen as a bastard for being Anne Boleyn's (Henry VII's second wife) daughter; her cousin Mary of Guise wanted her throne in order to be queen of England and Scotland; and final but not less important problem is that she was a single woman in a male governing society, since England never had a queen before. ...read more.


For example, when she is dancing with Lord Robert and he asks when are they going to be in private again, she shouts, stops dancing and answers with anger, "There shall be one mistress, and no master!" , referring to her desired independence from men and that she doesn't intend to get married, since she is "married to England," as she states later. The problem is that in those times if women married to a man, they became this man's property and the power concentrated on him, therefore Elizabeth wanted to show she was able to govern England by herself. This is when she says, "I may have the body of a woman, but I have the courage of a King." Finally, she uses her sexuality as a tool in trying to persuade the cardinals for them to become protestant. She practices how to speak to them in order to convince them, as it is the typical feminine personality technique. So the fact of Elizabeth being a woman brought her, as well as problems, the illusion of using her sexuality as a political tool against these problems, but this illusion died. ...read more.


Throughout these elements, the film's director sends a message to women, by showing Elizabeth's suffering, her effort and self-respect, though very few people respected her. So the director's message towards women is to never loose the intention to succeed in what they want, to fight for it and that even they've always been seen as inferior, they can do everything they propose to themselves if they really want to. Elizabeth, due mainly to her sexuality and secondary social and moral factors, had to confront many difficulties, such as sensibility, lack of potential to take the right decisions and such responsibility as it is the throne of a country like England, when being at England's throne. Even these problems exist, she is able with the help of others, her attitude towards her country and her desire of improvement, to take her country ahead and accept that she was capable of doing it only with what she had. She is admirable, since was able to find a solution between many problems and after all, the time she was in power were the best forty years of England. 1088 words Javiera Uribe Fenner 3�B 16.08.01 1 ...read more.

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