Some powerful females February 25, 2007Posted by erinsull in Carrie.
I’ve been thinking alot about the male roles in Carrie. Females are obviously the focus of the movie. They are the ones with the power and the agency, the ones who are making the decisions that drive the action. However most of the time they are using the power in destructive ways. The men for the most part are not particularly powerful, but that also means they are for the most part not responsible for the evil and destruction the movie culminates in. Yes the John Travolta character helps with the prank, but he is essentially the dumb pawn of his vicious girlfriend (who is so driven by hatred she talks about Carrie during sex). Yes Tommy brings Carrie to the prom, but he only does so because Sue wants him to. On the other hand the evil perpetuated by the girls, Carrie’s mother, and eventually Carrie herself are entirely of their own volition. So although we are seeing females in control, we only really see them use that control to do terrible things. The female characters who aren’t doing terrible things(Miss Collins, Carrie in the beginning) don’t have much control over what is going on. So are we supposed to take away that with power comes evil? And is it enpowering that women are in control here with men merely acting as pawns, or does the fact that it results in death and destruction negate that?
Which brings me to the character of Sue. I was confused about her all during the movie and honestly still haven’t figured out what she is supposed to represent. So in my frustration I turned to rottentomatoes.com to see what other people had to say. There isn’t many reviews on Carrie but I found a Roger Ebert one that directly referenced Sue. Ebert sees Sue as totally complicit in the plot against Carrie. This suprised me because I was under the impression that Sue was suprised by what happaned to Carrie. But it got me thinking if that was the case why did she go to the prom at the exact time? If it wasn’t because she knew what was going to happen then what was the point of her being there? Was it to show that all female characters didn’t have that capacity for evil? I don’t think i buy that, I think there is something more there, I just don’t know what it is quite yet. So basically I have few answers and a lot of questions when it comes to Sue.