Essay about Gender, Race and Class in: Winter's Bone

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Mike Lake
WMS 271.01
GRC at the Movies – Winter’s Bone

One of the most important themes in the movie Winter’s Bone is the submissive and ridged, traditional gender roles women adhere to throughout the film. Men are always portrayed as being in the authoritative position, and only two examples of women standing up to this authority come to mind. Class plays a major role in the movie as well. If ree were from a high-class family her house likely would not be up for her father’s bail. Racially, this is not a diverse film. All the major characters are white, and that tells us a lot about the community that this movie is set it in. There are many important statements regarding gender, race, and class in the film Winter’s Bone.
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The Characters in Winter’s Bone commit many such errors throughout the film. Another stereotype found in the film is that drugs are common and widespread in rural areas. Ree’s father was a meth maker and dealer and other characters are shown doin drugs, or alluding to drugs in some way. Instead of offering Ree some food or water for traveling to see them, Teardrop’s wife Victoria offers Ree a “dooby.”
The truth is that meth dealers are starting to migrate more into rural areas. As Keith Aller, deputy director of law enforcement for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management puts it; “In the past five years we've seen cookers take their labs to the forests and rural areas to avoid detection and to dump the toxic by-products of their work.” (Sullivan) The movie is set in the state of Missouri, which to this day is known as the meth capital of the world. In this case, the notion that drugs are very common in the rural area the movie is set it can be accepted as plausible.
The characters in Winter’s Bone reinforce traditional gender roles and the notion that women should know their place in a man’s world. The women in the film are firmly under the authority of the men in their lives. Women consistently are ask for their husband’s permission to do something, and rarely do the women characters not immediately accept the husband’s decision. At the beginning of