Trading Places

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Trading Places, a film produced during the year of 1983, incorporated various myths through the use of many characters as well as relationships and significant lines, which caused it to be much more effective. Aside from being portrayed as a film that was quite comical, there were different topics that were revealed through the actions of the characters and their behaviors towards one another. The viewers were soon able to gain insight on how society was during this time period. Society’s view on the roles of women, the value of money, and racism, as well, were just some of the themes mentioned that shaped the film into what it was. The film’s message about the roles of women in society was clearly demonstrated. In Trading Places, Penelope, Louis’ girlfriend, appeared to the audience as a women who was quite dependent on his income and expected to be taken care of throughout her life. But, once he lost his job, including his fortune, Penelope did not last much longer with him. By her actions, the viewers were able to draw the conclusion that Penelope was not quite interested in him, but his fortune instead. The film also incorporated a scene that portrayed the message that women did not respect themselves. When Louis is finally released from jail, he is soon approached by a woman named, Ophelia, who is a prostitute. This also exemplified how society perceived women as individuals who were willing to do anything in order to make money, which seemed more important than protecting themselves. Trading Places also shows how money can often lead to the destruction of an individual or even society. In one particular scene, the Duke Brothers pay Clarence Beeks a large amount of money in order to commit terrible actions. Instead of Clarence turning down the offer, it appeared that money was more important than the life of a human being. In order to receive the ten…...

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