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William Friedkins The Guardian The traditional roles of family is put to the test in William Friedkins The Guardian when a young couple decide to hire a nanny to help raise their son while they continue their careers What dangers lie in wait when Mom has to work is the question that resounds through this film Traditionally a woman has been expected to stay home raise the children and take care of the house It was not acceptable for a mother to work outside the home As times changed and more families felt economic pressures two income households became a common occurrence However a woman not only became a breadwinner but she was also expected to maintain her traditional role as wife and mother It was and still is considered unacceptable for a woman to admit she needs help maintaining the balance between career and home life For some woman it is even a little embarrassing to admit they arent superwoman and cant live up to the impossible and exhausting role society gives them to play When Kate decides to go back to work in order to help out with the finances she and Ned decide to hire a nanny to help raise their newborn son Jake The non-traditional role that Kate takes on as a working mother is further defined by the fact that she needs help raising her son and the film tries to send a warped message of the dangers that can happen when women loosen their grip on the role of motherhood Throughout the film Kate is portrayed as self-centered and oblivious to the evil going on around her Her character is just happy to be doing what she wants to do Friedkin rarely shows her with her baby There are only a few scenes where she is seen actually holding Jake When she and Ned are trying to escape Camilla it is Ned who is holding the baby and Kate
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