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Roles of Women in the 1950s

            In Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film North by Northwest, is about a man who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, when he tries to make sense of it all, everything goes wrong and he meets a blonde named Eve Kendall who he later discovers works for the government in order to see what these foreign spies are up to. In the film a woman's role is independent and daring but in the 1950's society's point of view is very different.
             The article "A Woman's Role in the 1950's" is filled with stereotypical views of women in the 1950's. According to the article women had certain roles to fill "The perfect mother was supposed to stay home. A diligent housewife had dinner on the table precisely at the moment her husband arrived from work. A wife was a "good" wife only if she carried out her man's every order and agreed with him on everything." (Coob). And in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Eve Kendall is a spy in a dangerous situation. Hitchcock's portrayal of women in this film is very non-stereotypical. He portrays Eve as a self-reliant individual who is not afraid of what situation she's in. I feel like Hitchcock's portrayal of women in North by Northwest is fair and honest because Eve's character is much like any modern day women now, in the 21st century being independent and self-reliant. Sure, women today still believe in getting married and falling in love but not to the extent where they slave away for their husband's every need. Most do not stay home, they go out and work. .
             For the time period of the 1950's, Alfred Hitchcock's portrayals of women are not accurate because women during that time wanted to please society and what society's view on how women should act. Most women married straight out of high school and then they were focused on being homemakers, taking care of their children and husbands. They were not that educated, because men saw that as a threat and they thought women should not "think" so much.

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