Analysis of the Iron Lady

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I. INTRODUCTION

Film is a story which shown in moving picture, shown at the cinema or on television. There are several kinds of genres in film. For example, thrilling, drama, science fiction, action, comedy, and animation. The type of genre that this group would like to analyze is documentary film. Documentary is a type of film that gives facts about a real situation or real people. The film entitled “The Iron Lady” is a 2011 British biographical film based on the life of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century. The film was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Thatcher is portrayed primarily by Meryl Streep. While the film was met with mixed reviews, Streep's performance was widely acclaimed, and considered to be one of the finest of her career. She received her 17th Academy Award nomination, and ultimately, the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her portrayal of Thatcher across four decades. She also earned her third Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (eighth overall), and her second BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. This film is chosen to study about Margaret Thatcher’s life. Her struggles as a young lower-middle class woman to have a seat in the House of Commons, where in that era male is the most dominant in politic, and in the old age she has a dementia disease. The title of “Iron Lady” is a nickname that has frequently been used to describe female heads of government around the world. The term describes a "strong willed" woman. The iron metaphor was most famously applied to Margaret Thatcher.

II. ANALYSIS

Setting is the time and location in which a story takes place. This film takes place in U.K. In her young age at 24 years old. Starting from 1947 until the present. Firstly, most of this film takes the setting in Thatcher’s house, in her room where she spent her life-aged there. The condition of this house is, nice, quiet, and peaceful. This house is full of reminiscences about her husband and she is always being haunted by him. Another specific place is in the House of Parliaments where she works as a Prime Minister.

The main character of this film is Margaret Thatcher as the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century. She is smart and ambitious woman. Her father whom she admired, Alfred Roberts was an active local politician in Grantham. Her early life was spent in Grantham, where her father owned two grocery shops. Her young age was spent to study due to her father influence and said to her to “don’t go on the crowd, go your own way.” Denis Thatcher, MT’s husband was a businessman. He was warm, kind-hearted, and supported his wife. However, Denis showed a bit dislike towards his wife’s ambition and over hectic life in politic. Her daughter, Carol is patient daughter who accompanies her mother and trying hard to support her mother through her difficulties cannot clearly distinguish between the present and the past. Airey Neave was a Thatcher’s spokesman, also known as her friendship. He supported Thatcher to change her image, both in the way her appearance and her intonation in speech. Those two were being done in order to be elected as a prime minister. Tragically, after accompanying Thatcher giving a speech campaign. Airey was murdered by the Irish National Liberation Army. Geoffrey Howe is a Deputy of Prime Minister and later he resigns after being humiliated by Thatcher in a Cabinet meeting. He is humiliated due to Thatcher’s comment about his error writing. After his resignation, Howe provides a detailed of his uneasy partnership with Thatcher. It describes about conflict of royalty between two of them.

Plot is the sequence of events in a story or play. This film begins when Thatcher buys milk and unrecognized by the customers in the shop. She often sees having communication with her husband, Denis Thatcher that actually already dead. Because of Thatcher’s dementia, she...
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