rosemarys baby

rosemarys baby

Length: 1130 words (3.2 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓

Rosemary’s Baby and the Manson Family Murders

     In 1969 Roman Polanski had finally become a success. After a youth devastated by the Holocaust, the loss of his parents, and a mugging that left him on the brink of death, the Polish-born director had moved to Hollywood. He was about to have his first child with his movie-star wife, Sharon Tate; and he had just released the blockbuster film Rosemary’s Baby.
     The event that made Roman Polanski famous was a tragedy that shocked the nation. On August 9, 1969, followers of Charles Manson murdered Polanski’s wife and her eight-month-old unborn child along with four close family friends.
     Rosemary’s Baby, which recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and Ruth Gorden, who, won an Oscar for her role as the eccentric elderly neighborhood. Charles Grodin made his screen debut as the young obstetrician Dr. Hill. The movie follows Rosemary, a wealthy newlywed, whose life slowly unravels as she discovers she is the focus of a vicious cult of Devil-worshippers.
     Although Rosemary’s Baby was released a year before the Manson Family murders occurred, the two events are incredibly similar. Both the movie and the murders happen in the world of show business—Sharon Tate was an actress, Rosemary’s husband is an actor. Both revolve around a beautiful young pregnant woman. Both feature the Devil (the Devil impregnates Rosemary; the Devil was one of Charles Manson’s aliases). Both involve a powerful cult that murders with apparent impunity.
      One of the reasons the Manson Family murders shocked the world was the Family’s ability to perform atrocities with no reservations. The acted without hesitation, doubt, or remorse. In Rosemary’s Baby, young Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is at the opposite end of the spectrum, conspicuously unable to act. Rosemary is consumed with so much paralyzing self-doubt and hesitation the viewer is reminded of Hamlet. Unlike Hamlet, Rosemary’s doubt is not sympathetic or noble—or, for that matter, interesting. For the first half an hour Rosemary seems weak. For the second half an hour she appears spineless. Eventually Rosemary’s inaction in the face of overwhelming evidence becomes so acute that she actually stops being a believable character: no one could be this much of a moron.
     Here are a few examples. Early in the movie, Rosemary’s husband rapes her while she is passed out drunk. She wakes with scratch marks on her back and no recollection of the previous night’s events.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"rosemarys baby." 19 Sep 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Rosemary's Baby Essay

- Rosemary's Baby Rosemary's Baby is considered one of the best horror films of all time. Although it doesn't use shock techniques, the mood of the film remains disturbing. The director of the film, Roman Polanski, guides us through the film suggesting that the story is going to involve a loving couple expecting a baby. However, the film slowly progresses into suspense with the aid of structural components, such as the use of space, tonal and color compositions, and foreshadowing throughout the film....   [tags: Papers]

Research Papers
1116 words (3.2 pages)

Federal Baby Doll Rule Essay

- ... If parents or physicians decide to withhold treatment when the exceptions are not met, the parents and/or physicians can be held accountable for medical neglect. In 1988, “Baby Doe” Rules came into effect. “The term withholding of medically indicated treatment means the failure to respond to the infants life-threatening conditions by providing treatment which, in the treating physician’s reasonable medical judgment, will be most likely to be effective in ameliorating or correcting all such conditions, except that the term does not include the failure to provide treatment to an infant when, in the treating physician’s reasonable medical judgment any of the following circumstances apply” (...   [tags: newborn, congenital defects, baby]

Research Papers
1161 words (3.3 pages)

Analysis of Desiree Baby by Kate Chopin Essay

- “Desiree Baby” by Kate Chopin is a very thought provoking short story that deals with racism, prejudice, and love. The story takes place in southern Louisiana, where Armand, a prominent landowner, marries a girl of unknown origin named Desiree. The story has a twist when their baby is born and is discovered to be of mixed race. Armand knew all along that he was OF mixed race, and I will prove it by analyzing characterization, diction, and imagery. The characterization of Armand showed that he knew all along about his ethnicity....   [tags: racism, prejudice, desiree baby]

Research Papers
546 words (1.6 pages)

5 Inexpensive Baby Shower Ideas Essay

- Hosting an inexpensive baby shower is not so hard. Afterall is not the amount of money spent that matters, but the inspirational ideas that can be approached is infinite. Most of the modern baby showers are do it yourself decorated parties starting from food to every kind of activity entertained. So here are five inexpensive ideas you can have in mind when thinking organising a baby shower. 1) Baby girl shower - if there's a celebration of a baby girl then the best idea is to plan a tulle themed party....   [tags: celebrating the coming of a baby]

Free Essays
567 words (1.6 pages)

Essay on Baby DJ School

- ... This type of music education at such young age could change the entire way that education has worked in the past for infants. The multifaceted benefits of the program far outweigh the disincentives of a normal daycare education, now students go learn how to mix music with turntables and spin records instead of going to story-time. The school only costs 200 dollars per class and I believe signing a kid to this school will be one of the greatest investments that a parent can do for forging strong bonds with the family and giving the right training for your kid to be a music expert in young ages....   [tags: baby’s basic rhythmic and communication]

Research Papers
895 words (2.6 pages)

Essay on Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin

- "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin "Desiree's Baby", by Kate Chopin, is a story about the effect love and pride have on our actions. Love changes people for the better. "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." Pride, however, can have the opposite effect....   [tags: Kate Chopin Desiree's Baby]

Research Papers
864 words (2.5 pages)

Kate Chopin's Desiree's Baby Essay

- Desiree's Baby is a short story written by Kate Chopin. It is set in 19th century Louisiana. The story starts with Madame Valmonde going to visit Desiree and her baby. She thinks back on her memories of Desiree as a baby: "It made her laugh to think of Desiree with a baby. Why it seemed but yesterday that Desiree was little more than a baby herself." This quote tells us two things. The first is that Madame Valmonde must have known Desiree as a child and is either a close family friend of even a member of the family herself....   [tags: Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin]

Free Essays
1756 words (5 pages)

Kate Chopin's Desiree's Baby Essay

- Kate Chopin's Desiree's Baby This essay will focus on the short story by Kate Chopin and its use of symbols, setting and characters. Desiree’s baby was perhaps one of the best stories I’ve ever read. Analyzing it was not easy at all. Its use of symbols was very hard to comprehend. At first, it doesn’t make sense. But as you think critically, all the symbols, and setting and the characters in this literature plunge together in one amazing story....   [tags: Kate Chopin Desiree's Baby]

Research Papers
1392 words (4 pages)

Religious Themes in Roman Polanski's A Knife In The Water and Rosemary’s Baby

- Religious Themes in Roman Polanski's A Knife In The Water and Rosemary’s Baby Roman Polanski incorporated religious themes into his films, “A Knife In The Water” (Poland 1962) and “Rosemary’s Baby” (U.S. 1968). “ A Knife In The Water” contains some Christian imagery that is not incorporated into the plot or theme of the film. In contrast, the central theme of “Rosemary’s Baby” is religion. I believe this difference illustrates the fact that Polanski desired to make a radical religious film but was unable to do so until he came to The United States....   [tags: Movie, Film]

Free Essays
1201 words (3.4 pages)

Sugar Baby Simulation Essay

- This is my journal of the daily life of a single teenage mother. My experience with my sugar baby was so much fun, but I soon learned that it wouldn't be easy caring for a baby all day long every day. Day one began my journey, when I introduced Lauren Ashley to my friends and family. I fixed her curly brown hair up in a bow, and I put on her a newborn diaper. There were so many styles of diapers to choose from in the store; it was mind-boggling. She had the cutest little ears I had ever seen. It was very heavy carrying Lauren Ashley everywhere all over school, including my books....   [tags: Single Mother Baby Pregnancy]

Free Essays
1208 words (3.5 pages)

Related Searches

Her husband’s explanation for the marks: “My nails were ragged.” His reason for raping her: “I was a little loaded myself.” Rosemary’s response was nothing.
     Rosemary’s best friend gives her a book as a dying gift. More than a precious souvenir, the book is also a text on witchcraft that will unlock the secrets of the cult that wants Rosemary’s baby. Rosemary’s husband throws the book away. His explanation: “I wasn’t thinking.” Her response again was nothing.
     Rosemary is immobilized by uterine cramps for months during her pregnancy. She loses weight and she looks awful. Often she is in so much pain that she can’t get out of bed. Her obstetricians’ advice is to ignore the pain. Rosemary’s friends are horrified and tell her, her obstetricians a “quack”, and she should get a new doctor. Viewers no doubt agree. Rosemary wants to go to a new obstetrician, but her husband forbids it—unbeknownst to Rosemary (but painfully obvious to the audience), both her husband and her obstetrician are members of the Satanic cult. What does Rosemary do? Nothing again.
     Towards the movie’s end Rosemary belatedly realizes that her husband has made a deal with the Devil. Finally the times has come for her to act. Unfortunately, all Rosemary can manage to do is move from one dominant male to another. It becomes obvious early in Rosemary’s Baby that Polanski means to do more than to tell a story—he means to teach a lesson. Polanski comes from the school of European surrealism. Rosemary’s Baby is meant, as it seems, as a parable for—and a parody of—Western society in the late twentieth century. The movie details modern alienation, the breakdown and sacrifice of sacred truths like love and family in the face of overwhelming greed and personal ambition, and the ensuing insurmountable paralysis.      
     Rosemary’s Baby fails in the most basic tenant of the agreement between filmmaker and audience. Early in the film Rosemary stops being a sympathetic character. That’s fine because many great movies do not have sympathetic characters. Rosemary stops being a believable character. This woman has the child of Satan growing inside of her. She’s in exquisite pain, her husband rapes her, her friends are dropping like flies, and her neighbors are Satanic witches who perform rituals at night and feed her poison on daily basis. Rosemary would have to be a grade-A moron no to know what’s going on. Within the first half an hour she realizes that they are all witches.
     At any point in the movie all she has to do is step into the street, hail a cab, and say, “Emergency room, please.” Any ER doctor would on the most cursory examination immediately admit her, plus probably send the police to arrest her obstetrician for malpractice and her husband for torture. Why doesn’t Rosemary do this? Maybe she is a grade-A moron. The only other possible explanation is that Polanski has sacrificed the integrity and believably of Rosemary’s character in favor of transmitting his message (modern alienation, man’s inability to act, ensuing paralysis). In a bizarre twist of fate, one year later the message of Rosemary’s Baby will be perfectly suited for discussions on the Manson Family murders which claim Polanski’s wife and unborn child.
     Sharon Tate was stabbed to death. Cult members killed her in her living room, with her friends, during a casual evening together. It is a surprising coincidence how strongly the last scene of Rosemary’s Baby foreshadows the Sharon Tate murders. Rosemary picks up a knife, out of no where and enters the neighbors’ apartment. It is evening, during a casual get together in the living room. The young mother, the child, and the cult members are all present.
     Rosemary’s Baby was not a good movie. However, it serves as a chilling counterpart to one of histories most publicized mass murders. Rosemary’s Baby, for all its flaws, still manages to convey a message of contemporary alienation and the ease with which we will sacrifice the fundamental sacredness of human life. Ironically, Rosemary’s Baby serves as a good sounding board in our continuing efforts, thirty years later, to understand the brutality and horror of the Manson Family murders. As entertainment it lacks value, but as a twisted real life modern tragedy, in which the artist’s creation is somehow able to return and fulfill its brutal prophecy, Rosemary’s Baby is worth watching.
Return to