Female Gothic Elements in Carrie
In the movie Carrie, depict many ideas of the female gothic. This dark and chilling movie is about a young girl, named Carrie, with a overly religious mother, that is a outcast at her school. To make good after a traumatizing bullying, one of her tormentors, Sue Snell makes her popular boyfriend go to the prom with Carrie. During the whole movie there is evidence of assault, deception and betrayal, such like her mother’s wrath. Carrie had the desire to remain with her mother and to separate with a sense of fear and danger of being “lost”. Her mother was a familiar presence but at the same time wanted to get away and be her own person. Lastly, there were many signs of Carrie’s loneliness and hunger for a change. She realized that in order to end her outcast live she needed to change and get away from her mother, who was holding her back. These ideas are three female gothic elements that are depicted throughout Carrie and will be explained in great detail. The element, a pattern of assault, deception and betrayal is evident in Carrie. When Carrie came home to her mother she was abused for getting her period hours before. In the movie, she was repeatedly backhanded and kicked by her mother and verbally assaulted as the mother claimed, “Don’t’t lie to me, Carietta, don’t you know by own I can see inside you? I can see your sin just as surely as god can”. With that Carrie was locked in the closet for the unjustified reason that she had “sinned” and therefore obtained her period. After the shower scene Carrie felt betrayed by her mother for letting her go uneducated about her womanhood sobbing, “Oh Momma why didn’t you tell me something, I was so scared”. Because of her mother’s deception Carrie is left in the dark, blind and unprepared for what was to come. Mrs. White is so radical in her beliefs she knowingly betrayed Carrie because it was marked as a sin in the bible. At school Carrie is assaulted during the shower scene and...
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