Mary Pickford And Lillian Gish Comparison

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Comparing and contrasting Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford
In the films the Unseen Enemy (1912) and Wilful Peggy (1910) both directed by D. W. Griffith, featuring the greatest female stars of the Teens and Twenties, we can see Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford, respectively, act the roles of girls in their teens that in comparison have completely two different personalities and behaviors. From these two films we are able identify the roles and characters of these two actors by looking at their roles, appearance, performance and function of their characters in the narrative.
The roles and social status of the characters are distinctively different. Lillian Gish portrays a young girl whose father has recently passed away, and is trembling with fear
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Lillian Gish characterizes a young, shy, frightened girl who is unable to take action when put in the situation of her housekeeper pointing a gun at her and her sister through a hole in the wall. Her shyness can be conveyed by when her boyfriend attempted to give her a farewell kiss but she pulled away showing nervousness and timidness in his company. Her fearfulness is portrayed when they were locked in a room and was scared for her sister and herself. She panicked and called her brother to come and save them from their drunken housekeeper, this also indicated that she is quite dependent on her brother and is unable to act independently. Differing is Mary Pickford who characterizes a silly, bossy, rebellious young girl. Her bossiness is evident through her performance by constantly stomping when being told something to show her disapproval or dissatisfaction. Furthermore, she points her finger at the others’ faces whilst talking to them this shows her bossy nature.
However, despite their differences they have one thing in common, courage. Lillian is courageous to an extent when she tries to grab the gun from the housekeeper’s hand, but she fails to do so as she faints. Nevertheless she summoned her courage to attempt to do so. Similarly, Mary is courageous for dressing up as a man, leaving her husband’s social gathering and going off with

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