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Vagabond: group 3

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Group Three: In what ways is the conventional monopolizing male gaze disrupted or unsettled in this film? Connect your perspective with Hayward's analysis of "Vagabond".
The movie "Vagabond" changed the perspective of road film as in this film; the road does not represent freedom or path to freedom, it actually showed the difficulties one faces on order to stay free. The movie tells the story of a young girl trying traveling aimlessly; right there, this movie becomes unconventional as road trips are mainly for men. Also the male gaze that Laura Mulvey talks about, was not seen in this film. Because Mona is actually active and moving in the whole movie (instead of being in the background or static as in other road movies) we see that people that Mona encounters, look at her with either admiration or are scared of her. There are some characters who are mesmerized by her courage to be free and there are some who are scared by what she represents. Mona interacts with lots of males but most of them either offer her shelter or food just because she is poor or hungry and nothing else. Hayward also talks about how this movie is different from American or British movies, as it changes the gaze and the image of women in road films. Mona was not represented as a sexual object, in fact; her dirty clothes and filth was the image that the characters and viewers encountered and saw. For example, the rape scene; we do not see her actually getting raped but we know it happened. Likewise, we know she is having sex with other characters but we never see it. This movie actually showed Mona as an individual and not as an object.

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