Batman Returns

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Submitted By aard1124
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Aaron Davis
Peter Lehman
TA: Amanda Kehrberg
FMS 100
10 December 2010
Batman Returns In my essay I will be talking about the representation of women and the female body for the film Batman Returns. I will be analyzing the films lead female character, Selina Kyle/Catwoman played by Michelle Pfeiffer, by giving specific examples from the film that categorizes her in this topic. The three main concepts that I will be focusing on in my essay are as followed: the good girl/bad girl dichotomy, beauty and the fragmentation of the female body, and saving and punishing women. “I am afraid we haven’t properly housebroken Miss Kyle.” At the Start of the movie, right away you get a sense of how women, in this case Selina, are treated in this movie. She is a prime example when it comes to the good girl/bad girl dichotomy concept. At the beginning, Selina is showcased as a very shy, timid woman who works long hours for her needy boss. Then when we get a glimpse in her apartment, you realize that Selina hasn’t grown up at all. Her whole apartment is painted pink along with a number of cats, stuffed toys, and doll houses. All of which is unusual for a grown woman like her to have in her apartment. However, when Selina transforms into Catwoman, she poetically destroys everything that she was on the inside and out with the help of black spray paint and a skin tight black leather cat suit. Becoming this new sexual, seductive, powerful woman who seeks to punish and hurt any man that comes in her way. There is a big change of character when Selina becomes Catwoman. She is not the shy, timid girl we once saw on screen; she becomes this power house of sexuality and seductiveness. This leads me to my next point, representation of the female body. At the start of the movie, Selina is very unattractive. She wears pale colored frumpy clothes, big glasses, and wears no makeup.…...

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