Class Values, Norms, and Sexual Orientation in Pretty Women (1990)


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Class Values, Norms, and Sexual Orientation in Pretty Women (1990)
This film study will provide a sociological analysis of the class values, social norms, and sexual orientation of Pretty Women (1990) by Gary Marshall. The main character Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) and Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) possess two differing sets of class values due to their coming from upper and lower class parts of society. These values often involve Edwards’s belief in the aristocratic social norm that presents oneself in a professional businesslike manner, which directly contrasts Vivian’s background as a prostitute not at all concerned with these restrictions. In essence, by understanding these class values and social norms, Vivian’s role as a prostitute...
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.....two ‘individuals’ simply love each other enough to let go of their unethical and immoral “past lives” and have decided to follow a higher, more loving path. In this manner, the audience would certainly feel a certain amount of faith in that love can override these seemingly impassable obstacles even though they come from two dynamically different lifestyles. When Edward climbs the fire escape to get Vivian, the ironic reversal of roles (Edward is symbolically climbing the social ranks for Vivian) defines how he has learned that class status and social norms mean very little when it comes to loving another human being.
Works Cited
Pretty Woman. Dir. Gary Marshall. Perfs. Richard Gere, Julia Roberts. USA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 1990.