Marriage as Depicted in Film

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Marriage Marriage is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law.” While this definition explains the basic act of entering a marriage, it does not encompass what actually being married consists of. Because of preconceived notions as well as emotional volatility, entering a marriage is hardly so cut-and-dry. Also, no two marriages are the same, just as no two people are. In watching the films “Rear Window” and “Monsoon Wedding”, we get a glimpse of what it means to be married from the perspective of two very different cultures. Although both films revolve around the same theme, there are great dissimilarities on how both films represent marriage. The greatest difference between the portrayals of marriage in the films is the idea of marriage as it relates to freedom. In “Rear Window” Jeffries’ whole existence--as it is presented to the viewer—is saturated in a state of confinement. When we meet Jeffries, we see that he has a broken leg and is confined to a wheelchair in his apartment. As he speaks to his editor in the opening scene, we find that he is frustrated at his inability to travel for work because of his injury to the point where he threatens to do something drastic. When asked to elaborate Jeffries replies, “I’m going to get married and then I’ll never be able to go anywhere.” Another instance of marriage being presented as a confining component is the newlywed couple Jeffries views through his window. We are first introduced to the newlyweds immediately after Jeffries describes his perfect woman to his nurse Stella. Just as he finishes describing said woman, the couple arrives in the apartment building across the way, and Jeffries looks on longingly as the groom carries the bride over the threshold and they embrace and then…...

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