Butch Cassidy Essay

443 WordsApr 19, 20112 Pages
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Thelma & Louise although are placed in different genres, share many aspects that are also similar. The portrayal of each film depicts the ideology of gender through American history. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid was a western buddy film that depicted two strong, powerful men on the run from the law. They rob trains and banks and have always gotten away until the owner of the trains decide to hire a Native American man who tracks them down with his “gift.” Unable to outsmart them, Butch and the Sundance kid flee the country, successfully. This film shows how men are masculine and how they are superior to women. For example, the Sundance kid tells the teacher, his girlfriend, that she can accompany them only if she keeps quiet and doesn’t complain or whine. She agrees and ventures on with the two fugitives. Women throughout the film played the roles of a love interest in need of saving. During the time this film was produced, women were beginning to slowly step out into the work force. Therefore, this film attempted to capture the ideology of women (home-maker, nurturer). Thelma & Louise was also a buddy film that focused on two women on the run from the law. Thelma was in a broken marriage where her husband was the superior one, just as how Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid film suggested the role of a man be. Louise murders the man that rapped Thelma. Scared and knowing that no one will believe them, they set out for another country. Throughout the film, the two women face obstacles that prove that women were as capable as men were, even if they’re crimes. The two women come across a trucker who gives them inappropriate gestures and comments as they try to pass the truck drive on the highway. After a few encounters with the man, they agree to show him a lesson. They act as though they were

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