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S {draw:g} Stella Dallas I’m very excited to see my second film in black and white. Watching Stella Dallas was very fun and interesting as to how the women, or in this case Stella, were to act during certain times in this millennium. Its not certain if it was suppose to be obvious about the performance of the women of this film to represent the women back in the 70s. As I watched the film I realized and was able to relate to the women’s actions and decisions based on being raised by women more than men. In Stella Dallas there was so many situations were it was obvious but also necessary to react the way she did. Sacrifice was a big archetype being used throughout the film, but I can see how the other three can take place. In the beginning of the film you see how Stella is trying hard to get men’s attention especially of Mr. Dallas. Sacrifice is used throughout the film because during the beginning she had violated the rules of the house on being out late with a man, thus having the possibility of being kicked out for the man she loves. After her parents see who she has been with and all that has happened, you can see how she starts and wants to be treated. Making the case that Stella is playing the “bad” girl in the film. Although she was not exactly sexually expressing her interest in Mr. Dallas, but she did have an expectation on how she wanted to be treated. She was not too independent or dependent, but rather having things go her way, which usually men play the certain role of command. She starts to become very in charge and participates in activities that women don’t really seem to wonder in. She loves the dancing and drinking, which can make the women seem like the bad girl. She makes decisions that effect her husband which in return causes him to be ok with working long distance from his home. As he visits he runs into people who act…...

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