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    The phrase ‘femme fatale’ originated during early twentieth-century in the English language but existed as an image during the nineteenth-century in French literature, it implied that women consciously seduced and ruined men by using their potent sexual charms for evil. The ‘femme’ was given more distinct qualities by Virginia M. Allen in her book The Femme Fatale. The ‘femme’ is described as a beautiful, erotic, seductive, destructive, exotic and a self-determined independent who is cold hearted

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    Femme Fatales

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    According to thefreedictionary.com, a femme fatale is a woman of great seductive charm who leads a man into trouble or comprising events. This same definition applies to the poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci.” The poem by John Keats, a man describes a lady who is so lovely but eventually leads him to troubling events. Through the theory of femme fatales, and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (The beautiful lady with no pity) the poem portrays the woman as evil through the dangers of her appearance, personality

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    The Femme-Butch Culture

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    genders are defined and expressed within other cultures. I have chosen to take a closer look at the subculture of lesbians and the subculture within that community; Femme-Butch culture. I will address the groups history and how this affected the Femme-Butch culture, discus what being a Femme means and feels like for self identified Femmes, followed by a discussion about the experiences of Butch women, show how ideas of masculinity and femininity are expressed within each, and then what all this means

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    Keechie: Femme Formidable INSTRUCTOR'S COMMENT: This is an extraordinarily accomplished essay: beautifully written, critically perceptive, and nicely related to the critical discourse on Altman and film noir. Saving the quotation from Anderson for the very end is a nice touch because it brings the reader back to the frame of reference: the process of adaptation. The little note about first shots of Cora in two versions of The Postman Always Rings Twice makes an extremely clear point of comparison

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    Dido In The Femme Fatale

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    The femme fatale theme constitutes the straightest forward and most open strike on traditional womanhood as we know it today. This type of character constantly refuses the social norm of being a loving mother and a faithful and loyal wife. The idea of marriage for the femme fatale is very confining and tedious. She uses her skills of deceit as well as her sexual attractiveness to secure her independence from the institution of marriage. She remains passionately and viciously independent even after

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    indeed a new type of American woman: the independent femme fatale with a heart. The “film noir” is a “genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54” (Oxford Dictionary). It usually includes the perspective of an antihero facing the violence of an urban and modern environment. The “femme fatale” is a stock character of noir films: “An attractive

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    Femme Fatales of English Literature The femme fatale, a seductive woman who entices men into perilous and compromising positions by way of charisma and mystery, is a classic, and often enthralling, character who can be found in many sources of literature and mythology of various origins and eras (“Femme Fatale” 1). “If the goddess of virtue is a lily and the vamp is an overripe red rose, the femme fatale is a Venus flytrap.” (Billinghurst 1). In the simple quote above, Ms. Jane Billinghurst

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    Violent Femmes - Add it up

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    Violent Femmes - Add it up The disc player drones on as I recline peacefully on the pure white sands of my very own desert island. I am the only human being on this island. Ah, peace at last, but as the days turn into weeks and the weeks to months and the months to years I wonder; why have I not gone completely insane? Sentenced indefinitely to solitary confinement on my paradise prison. Yes, it has been a struggle to maintain my sanity, but I have one very special companion; the Violent Femmes

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    private investigators, are associated with order while all of the “femme fatale” characters bring chaos to the narrative of the films. Just like all of the Film Noir movies, The Big Sleep and Chinatown starts with a sense of balance. Everything is in order, until something bad happens: a death. At the end, the private detectives finds the murderer and the balance and order are brought back. But what happens in between this? The “Femme fatale” will add chaos and make the investigation go slower than

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    Outside the confines of the home, a woman is dangerous. She is beautiful and attractive yet the invitation can leave many a man deranged and devastated, like dried twigs whose life was sucked out of them. This is the femme fatale stereotype that dominated popular culture prior to 20th century. The woman is the enchantress, the vampire, the seductress, the witch and the prostitute – antagonists that can destroy the morality and stability of human society. Hence, women had to be confined in the home

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