Reading The Sopranos - Chapter 3 – ‘What has Carmela ever done for Feminism’?
Feminism in a simple definition refers to women’s movements, and feminism is a subject that is on going which has become a forum for debate in relation to television and film. My main focus will be feminism in the television series ‘The Sopranos’ which will be used as a case study to examine the theory of feminism plus psychoanalysis and how it’s inflicted on the screen. An academic book that I have selected will allow me to approach feminism in ‘The Sopranos’ and I have also picked a certain chapter from the book “Reading The Sopranos’ Edited by David Lavery, chapter 3 ‘What has Carmela ever done for Feminism’? Carmela Soprano and the Post-Feminist Dilemma. This book will allow me to tackle the issues on feminism and psychoanalysis by using the case study and relevant examples.
Feminism is seen as a form of defending women’s rights and making them equal with men, and Carmela attempts to oppose this on Tony by stating that she’s not asking for fifty/fifty just some support, “I’m not saying fifty/fifty, but jeez” (Lavery, 2006.P40). Carmela might blame tony for the way she is just a mother and housewife. Although if we look at this from a Marxists point of view they suggest that it’s not about men, it’s about the upper class. They are the reason for inequality and the reason why women and men are oppressed. “Doesn’t anything ever change?”, Carmela isn’t happy with the way things are she’s indirectly implying she wants more a career, to be able to work, although cant have it because of her husband. Carmela Soprano isn’t asking to be the same as Tony, however just some rights to give her a break, she contradicts herself as states she’s no feminist but wants some rights.
Carmela doesn’t trust feminism that much as she relies on her husband, and has been dependant on him and doesn’t know what to do. She finds herself in a confusing position in terms of her life...
Bibliography: Lavery, D (2006). Reading The Sopranos. London: I.B.Tauris . P39-55.
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