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Explore the relationship between womens roles and patriarchal society in Raise the Red Lantern and Fargo For many years from our history womens rights have always been a contraversial topic History has shown the world to be primarily a male-dominated society where a womans role is often dictated by a man In the movies Raise the Red Lantern and Fargo both movies dictate a society where the dominant sex is male In Raise the Red Lantern the women are concubines who seemingly have no say in what the master wants or does not want In Fargo the opposite seems true as Frances McDormand plays the only woman in the movie who has intelligence Officer Margie Gundersson Yimous film showcases a different kind of intelligence a shrewd cunning intelligence that is utilized in order to retain power over the master Raise the Red Lantern gives western society a everyday look at the fourth wife of a rich landowner Songlian Gong Li Forced to marry against her will by her sickly mother Songlian initially despises her new surroundings a small enclosed manor filled with traditional rules and ritual with which she is unfamiliar with Although she has been to University education means nothing here her entire world becomes that of the small compound cut off from the rest of society Yimous portrayal of a patriarchal society is evident through his use of mise-en-scene comprimising of uniform hard-angled lines consisting of rectangles and squares The use of framing in various scenes depicts an environment where escape is impossible Also the use of the camera is often restricted emphasizing the lack of freedom the women have The camera stays in one postion during scenes hardly ever tracking to follow an action or person This filming style mirrors the strict tradional expressionless society trapped in this neverending ritual Inside this cold uninviting setting the only people whom Songlian is allowed to see are her husband his family
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