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Movie Character Analysis "Real Women Have Curves"

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Being a curvaceous young woman is hard enough. Especially when you’re trying to find love, you’re seeking approval and anticipating a better future for yourself

The film Real Women Have Curves stresses how important higher education is to a Mexican-American teenager and the wrath she endures from her mother because of her weight and aspiration

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The United States and Mexican Americans have a long history that can be traced back to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and through World War II. While the United States was fighting two battlefronts and rationing at home, cheap labor to support war efforts was in high demand. The Federal Government turned to its neighbor to the south and enacted the Bracero Program that allowed thousands of Mexicans entrance to the U.S. to work as laborers. However, those who decided to take advantage of this appealing program experienced horrible working conditions

Soon, Mexican American laborers grew tired of this mistreatment, and multiple Mexican American labor groups were created in order to advocate for safer working conditions, fair wages, etc.

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The audience must empathize with at least one character in the story; the protagonist

Furthermore, the force of antagonism needs to have a point. I’m coupling these two elements because they play off one another here. For us to have real empathy with Ana, we’ve got to believe that Carmen has a point – that she is truly needed to generate income for the family. Instead, when Estella’s financial troubles are known, Ana is told to work for free (rather than find another job that would generate income for the family).

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Ebert, Roger. (2011, January 1). Real women have curves. Retrieved from http://www.metacritic.com/movie/real-women-have-curves

Flixster.(2002, October 20). Rotten tomatoes. Retrived from http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/real_women_have_curves/#!reviews=all&page=3


Graff, G., Birkenstein, C., & Durst, R. K. (2009). Fat as a Feminist Issue. "They say/I say": the moves that matter in academic writing: with readings (pp. 202-203). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

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