Women in "Double Indemnity" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" Comparison Essay by littleuke

Women in "Double Indemnity" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
This essay compares female characters in the films "Double Indemnity" directed by Billy Wilder and Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", women who are at opposite moral extremes, yet are very similar tacticians.
# 25240 | 773 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The writer looks at Clarissa, from "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", who is a person who reacts to her environment. The paper suggests that she differs greatly from Phyllis of "Double Indemnity" who creates her environment. According to the paper, the women are similar in that they get what they want within these moral systems.

From the Paper:

"Clarissa is used to the type of activity that Smith is practically bowled over by when he comes to Washington. Like Phyllis, she is jaded by her experience, though Clarissa's feelings seem more clear through the story's exposition and also more morally just. Clarissa sees a purity in Smith and uses that purity to somewhat redeem herself for somewhat buying into the perceived uselessness of the political system. Phyllis uses Neff in the same way, but for her own gain. Clarissa is moved by Smith's intentions and uses that emotion as a catalyst to do something right, not only for Smith, but also to help better a system that she has taken part in and been snowed over by."

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