ut there are women like Bette Davis(Charlotte Vale) in Now Voyager and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, who rebel against the so-called established procedures of the era to which they belonged, by the male-dominated society and live the life of their choices. Some choices were out of compulsion and some deliberate. How the women constantly struggle to establish own identities and fight for justice on all fronts affecting their lives?
The genre of Now, Voyager is romance. The theme is sexual awakening and the movie shows how Bette Davis is haunted by the past and challenges it in her own style. The movie shows that such a posture was adopted by the woman of 1940s in USA.
It is said about her upbringing, “Charlotte is high-strung and deeply depressed, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, due to the constant squashing of her thoughts by her mother. There is a little spark of independence, though--she secretly smokes and expresses some creativity by carving ivory boxes.”(Now Voyager...) Charlotte Vale was repressed and that was the launching pad for her adventurous life. Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains) helps to liberate her from the ancient life-styles to emerge as a gorgeous beauty.
The psychologist knew, what beauty meant to a woman, and how it can transform ones personality. As Naomi Wolf writes, “For many women, the Beauty Myth(book) was a tool for empowerment. Like sleuths and critics, they were deconstructing their own beauty myths.”(Wolf, 2002, p.1) The usual and unusual events happen in her life like falling in love (with a man trapped in a loveless marriage.) She also dons the role of surrogate mother to Jerrys emotionally disturbed daughter. Another romance with Lohn Loder takes off but her devotion for Jerry remains in tact. This is the indicator of her grit and the strength of moral character to do things and associate with issues, that she considers right and appropriate. Her philanthropic attitude and all-embracing love breaks several