Mildred Pierce

I stumbled upon this article from the Los Angeles Times and thought that it was very well written. The author of this Mary McNamara, did a wonderful job of summarizing the movie. What caught my eye was the way she described the plot-McNamara used a lot of adjectives that fit very well. In addition, she added her own slight commentray to the article, but she didn’t dive into a deep explanation of it. I liked the way McNamara described the film while adding in her interpretation because she talked about a lot of the things we discussed in class. Now that we’ve finished both the film and the novel, we can really dive into the reading of them.

McNamara mentioned the class differences and the uncomfortability of talking about it, but I think that she was a little too lenient with Mildred in her article. In the novel,Mildred clearly detests being a working woman, and she thinks that she is lowering herself to work. In my opinion, throughout the novel Mildred hides a lot of her disdain inside, such as working as the resturaunt. I loved the last comment in the article- “there are no angels in this “Mildred Pierce, ” and the only sweet satisfactions on offer are Mildred’s pies.” This last sentence really seemed to grip the essence of Mildred Pierce, because really, what does Mildred do that doesn’t warrant regret (that fateful weekend with Monty) or is downright subjugating, in Mildred’s mind?

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