Elizabeth Taylor in that movie, she hated spoiled rich girls of whom nothing
was ever asked but that they wheedle and demand. (18)
If you were to ask us, we'd say Grace
felt a little stifled by the expectations society placed on her simply because
she was a female, and it sounds like she saw the same thing happening to ol' Liz
Taylor in this movie—albeit with little resistance from Taylor's character. Do
movies (especially romantic comedies) still present the kind of female
character that Grace professes to hate? Why might that be the case?
</em>It was rage. And not because she
couldn't shop like that or dress like that. It was because that was what girls
were supposed to be like. (19)
What are girls "supposed to be like"—at
least according to movies like Father
of the Bride? We wonder what Grace would think of some of the
movies we see today—would they still inspire the same kind of rage? Or have her
passions been pushed behind the washtub with age? Also, we never see her
outwardly express this inner rage she feels. Why might this be the case?
That was what
a girl should be, to be fallen in love with. (19)
It's interesting that Grace rails
against this idea, yet she once had a fantasy in which a handsome Prince
Charming figure comes into her life and falls in love with her. Maybe those
stories are impossible to ignore.
</em>There was a discrepancy…between the
way she presented herself and the way she wanted to be judged. (22)
How does Grace want to be judged? How
much of a factor is physical appearance in how people judge us?
</em>These subjects were considered
particularly hard for girls. (27)
This stigma—that boys are better
suited to study science and math—still seems to exist today. This
goes to show that even though some of the gender roles and expectations that we
see in this story may come off as dated or old-fashioned, there are several
that still exist today. Maybe change doesn't always happen as quickly as we'd
</em>Like her figure, like her muumuus, it
showed her independence. (35)
Maybe Mrs. Travers doesn't feel the
same way about these signs of independence that Grace has attached to her. Who
ever thought muumuus would be so admirable?