One of my favorite movies is “Fire” is directed by a woman, Deepa Mehta. The movie revolves around two women that are married to brothers. They both experience oppression through their husbands and the norms of their culture. Both woman realize how alike their life is and slowly get closer and closer to each other and in the end they become lovers. Watching that movie reminded me of Adrienne Rich’s “Heterosexuality & Lesbian Experience” and the characteristics of male power. The woman in this film are being oppressed by their husbands on the daily basis. Sita is in an arranged married where her husband constantly cheats on her and Radha’s husband is extremely religious who suppresses desire. The culture that the woman are in requires you to worship your husband and never go against him or anything that he believes in. As well as their religion completely forbad them for cheating on their husband even less to love each other. But in the end they could not stop their desires and finally caved. In the characteristics of male power there are two themes that I clearly saw in the movie which is “to deny women sexuality” and “to use them as objects in male transactions”. When Sita was forced to be in an arranged marriage because that is what her family wanted for her showed how she was used as an object for a transaction for her family. And when the woman felt passion for each other they had been so clearly denied their sexuality they took a long time before even reacting to it. When being raised and being told that things will only be one way and any other way is wrong then your mind never even wonders there without thinking that they were sinning. But I really enjoyed how in the end of the movie they no longer cared about what anyone else thought about them they only cared about each other.
Fire by Deepa Mehta