While wealth often brings the power that comes with social status and influence in society, it is not only the wealthy who acquire power in the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring. Do you agree?
Contention: Wealth and money is not needed to have influence or power over the community, which is shown in the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring. Griet also has power as a result of her undiscovered talent of art, her connection with Johannes Vermeer and the help of Maria Thins.
Tracey Chevalier’s Girl With A Pearl Earring tells the story of a sixteen-year-old servant girl who is sent to work for a painter and his family due to her father losing his trade. Thinking that she is there for cooking, cleaning and child minding she is also allowed into the studio, where the painter’s wife is not allowed. When she is asked by Vermeer to be a model for his painting, she agrees but is also driven by fear to keep her actions a secret from his jealous wife; as Griet lives, works and poses (fully clothed) in the house she gets caught in a web of tension and deception. While the family of the household have wealth, Griet has power due to her personality and artistic intellect and the help of Maria Thins.
Maria Thins is the owner of the Vermeer house. She is in charge of the finance; she also oversees everything in the house and is one only of the few characters that is cordial towards Griet. She abuses her power by allowing Vermeer to paint Griet and Griet to wear her daughter’s pearl earring. She deceives her daughter by sneaking around behind her back transporting items to and from Vermeer and Griet. ‘I had touched pearls before, when I bought them upstairs for van Ruijven’s wife and tied them round her neck or laid them on the table. But I had never held them myself before. “Go on, girl” Maria Thins growled impatiently. “Catharina may come back sooner than she said.”’
Another character who has power in the household is Cornelia. Although...