Sunday, December 2, 2012

Written on the Wind (1956)

Written on the Wind Poster
In “Written on the Wind” Rock Hudson portrays the middle class everyman Mitch. He had a look about him that just spoke the average American. This role added to his representation of an average American man, as Mitch was middle class, on his way to being an entrepreneur, and a man that was protecting of truly in love with his woman. However, Hollywood does tend to skew our views of the real person. Rock Hudson was a homosexual Hollywood star makings large sums of money. That's not exactly the image I would think an average American would use to identify themselves. 

Marylee of “Written on the Wind" is another female character who's sexuality is used as punishment. She is the talk of the town, whoring around with almost every man she can. She is the bratty rich girl that always gets her way. She wears vibrant and exposing clothing and drives a very flashy and expensive car. Her punishment is that she really doesn't get everything she wants. She believes that Mitch is her one true love. When she gives herself to him, she is sadly disappointed.

She also takes on masculine traits as she begins to take action. Her manipulation of Kyle to remove Lucy from the picture backfires. She eventually loses everything. In the trial the colors of her clothing are toned down from vibrant reds and pink to navy blue and black. When she can no longer blame Mitch for Kyles death she is forgiven of her former sexual activities in an unspoken manner. Becoming the head of her father's oil company is the crowning event that confirms her transition to masculinity.

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