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Director Michael Curtizs 1945 classic Mildred Pierce tells the story of a woman whose love for her eldest daughter results in tragedy Mildred first separates with her financially unsupportive husband and begins secular work leaving behind her former housewife routine Mildreds younger daughter the better one dies from pneumonia To add to this misery Veda spoiled rotten hurts Mildreds feelings despite Mildreds undying love and ends up having an affair with Mildreds second love just before killing him In the end Mildreds is seen walking away with the father of her daughters This means that she is going right back to her house life This plot seems to send forth a somber warning to mothers that leave their homes to enter the work force they will experience the worst consequences They will lose their family along with anything they might have gained Interestingly Mildreds persevering will does bring her a certain degree of success She quickly was able to learn about business start her own attain fair wealth and recognition and all this in a world dominated by men and where women are to stay home to clean and care for children At the time of Mildred Pierces release American men were finally coming home from the war Women who had replaced their husbands in the work place were now being asked to go back home and resume their former courses The movie does act as an argument as ridiculous as it might seem that woman really should stay in the home as it is the only thing that can keep them happy and proper but Mildred however was strong in her decision to go right no out to find a job and make her own money even though her motivation to spoil Veda was wrong and resulted in tragedy Her initiative was empowering to women to certain degree and the fact that she became very good at her job in a short period of
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