Ways of Seeing Alice Zhang ESL 1750 High Intermediate 12/03/2021 “Men act

Ways of Seeing
Alice Zhang
ESL 1750 High Intermediate
“Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” (topic sentence)This summarizes what the movie depicts. The film starts with the camera focused on different products that are on sale. These products include beauty products such as necklaces, foodstuffs and then span to the painting which is the focus of the film. The interaction between the man, who is selling some merchandise and the woman who is buying the merchandise is business-oriented. They are enquiring on how much he is selling some of the necklaces, clothes, and the art that is displayed for sale. This is also promoted by the market environment that they are in. The man is wearing what seems like a suit and tie which can be associated with a high-ranking individual of a higher class in the society. It may also mean someone who is in an official capacity. This is unlike the women in the movies where they are depicted differently according to the theme of the movie and the goal it wants to achieve. They are depicted quite differently from men which do not follow the feminine classification but as a factor of the ideal spectator. Women are always presented as to please men even in the traditional perspective. This can also be seen in the painting of women with traditional pictures presented with nude women. The image is always informed by the assumption of the viewer. However, there are cases where women are being portrayed as strong even in their feminine nature. Their complex smart nature is then portrayed as attractive to men and ensures that they have a good personality. Men have to act differently to impress these women and this is mostly portrayed by the camera by putting their skills forward and more visible.
In the movie, the man is carrying what looks like a jacket while hanging it on his back. The brown jacket seems like one of the rarest collections and it also seems not to be his. It is smaller in size and seems to be a lady’s jacket. It also cannot be his because he is already wearing the suit jacket. He could have bought it in the same market where he is. What seems of interest to him is a decorated mirror that is hung on the wall. He looks directly at it and it seems to have captured its interest. He could be interested in buying it or just want to see how it looks. This could be an auction or a marketplace as several products are on sale. Several people are enquiring about the price of different products.
The movie shows how different men and women are portrayed. Women are given a more vivid appearance in order to impress the men. For instance, this can be seen in the“Ways of Seeing” & John Berger Ways of Seeing can therefore be attributed to the existing movie casting and presentation. The painting by Reuben of his second wife whom he married while he was relatively old brings out the primary focus of women in society. In the painting, she is presented to the audience through her body, a contribution of the painter’s experience. This follows anecdotal reasons such as the exaggerated tenderness of her skin, the expression on her eyes directed towards the painter, and the disheveled hair. The painter’s subjectivity is also assumed by the movie director to make sure that the spectators do not consciously notice the features. It allows the women’s body to be more dynamic and transcend to the single instant of being admitting subjectivity. The women are thus susceptible to what men think about them. It is more concerned with the ideal feature accepted in society.
The film Saturday Night Fever expresses advanced ideas about stereotypes through the main character Tony’s expression, behavior and way of dressing. (Thesis)
In the film, the man is wearing jewelry and carrying what looks like a jacket while hanging it on his back. The decorated mirror that is hung on the wall that usually is for women attracted him to look at it directly and captured his interest.
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 Ways of Seeing at PenguinRandomHouse.