I am here with another lockdown recommendation. A very engaging miniseries on Netflix, ALIAS GRACE! But, we’ll look at it from a differently, as you might be knowing it is an adaptation of a very famous Novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It is based on a true-crime event happened in Canada during 1800s. And, this makes it more than just a murder mystery. So, lets dig into with the ALIAS GRACE REVIEW: A TRUE-CRIME MINISERIES ON NETFLIX.
Alias Grace is a dramatization of a true-crime murder mystery that took place during the later 1800s in Canada. Throughout Grace’s story, the harsh realities of life for women are exposed. Aside from a complex murder mystery to solve, this novel serves readers with subjectivity (only one narrator is convicted) and femininity (the convicted individual is female).
TOTAL NUMBER OF EPISODE: 6(each episode is of about 50 minutes)
Dr. Simon Jordan arrives at Canada’s Kingston Penitentiary to study convicted murderer Grace Marks’ perplexing mind.
- The first conversation between Dr. Jordan and Grace Marks.
- Her tormented past.
In Grace’s narrative, she shares grim predictions from a palm reader, as well as the story of Mary Whitney, a high-spirited girl who is gone from this world.
- The apple skins,
- Jeremiah’s Forecast,
- The privy,
- Mary’s fake death.
An awful secret haunts Grace. Her life will be turned upside down after Nancy Montgomery, a pretty housekeeper comes into it.
Jordan delved deeper into Grace’s memory to unveil more about James McDermott, whose confession ultimately helped convict her.
While reminiscing about the murders, Grace encounters someone from her past who could undo everything Dr. Jordan has worked for.
Dr. Jordan’s landlady is also attempting to sexually assault him in the middle of the night. Subplots like this are very unsettling.
Dr. Jordan visits Dr. DuPont’s unorthodox behavior in Kingston after speaking with Grace’s lawyer in Toronto.
The final chapter of the miniseries is divided into three sections: the hypnosis-assisted twist, Dr. Jordan’s weirdness, and the prologue.
- The hypnosis scene
- The Dr. Jordan weirdness: In this part, Dr. Jordan visits Grace’s lawyer and is upset to find out the man both believes Grace seduce him and that she is “guilty as sin.” Jordan is unquestionably far too close to this entire situation.
- Past is prologue
SUBJECTIVITY OF NARRATION
The whole story can be subjected as their is only one narrator we are listening to, Grace herself. It is her version of the story and even she is going under psychological treatment which makes us reconsider the facts. Because there is no proof she can give to prove herself right. In the first episode only it is portrayed, that it is very easy for her to get into different characters.
She constantly changes her mind. And doesn’t totally reveal herself even to the doctor who is here to set her free. Or maybe she is trying to tangle him in all her stories. And just what him to listen to everything whatever she says and believe her.
As Sigmund Freud says that only little part of your personality is visible to other. And, rest is hiding inside your mind. We cannot trust it she is actually saying the truth of no or just finding ways to get out of the situation. This narration leads us to a lot of assumptions
- ASSUMPTION 1: Whatever she said is true. She actually does not remember, what happen on the murder day. Then, the possibility is that she is struggling with split personality disorder. In that case, even she actually does not remember whenever the other personality is heavier on her. And, we know that she wanted to be like Mary (mentioned by her). Because she was more free and democratic in her thoughts then Grace.
- ASSUMPTION 2 That it can actually be Mary’s ghost who is dominating her
- ASSUMPTION 3 Whatever she said is a lie. She fakes her split personality. And this assumption can be considered strong because she is the only one who is narrating. Nobody else is there to prove whatever she said is right or wrong. All the things she said was to save herself, can be assumed as lies and finally to get out of the situation she and Dr. DuPont plan for a hypnosis session, eventually turning the events to possession by Mary Whitney (Dissociative Identity Disorder).
The story of Alias Grace also highlights a number of aspects of femininity. Mistreatment of women, women depicted as a whore and a mother, women beat up as sexual objects.
One example is when Grace’s father beats her mother for accidentally throwing the luggage. Even her father is calling her a slut, a whore, and making advances towards her! Grace is shown to be extremely affectionate and motherly toward her younger siblings. As she denies any sexual interaction, her father sends her to earn money at the Parkinson’s, which is where she meets Mary.
With her rebellious ideas and attitude, Mary is portrayed as a strong and outspoken woman. However, even she eventually succumbs to male desires, resulting in pregnancy, abortion, and death.
Jaime is the only man in Grace’s life who has not subjected her to an advance sexually. Her fellow prisoners and even the jailers called her a ‘doctor’s whore’. During her stay at the mental hospital, she was repeatedly raped and even forced to carry one of the rapist’s children.
In the end, however, as she starts taking control over people, she becomes very dominating.
is a combination of both subjectivity of narration and feminism is interrelated. If we reconsider the situation, I believe that Grace Marks might have used her femininity traits to get hold of people. Her true personality is still not revealed. This even focuses on her desire to be like Mary Whitney, free spirited straight forward. Even when presented in the court, she was overly dressed than her normal maid attire. And, faints after when she is announced as death sentence to her which later changed to life imprisonment.
While talking to Dr. Jordan, most of the time she is shown sewing small pieces. And, till the end she is sewing different pieces of small cloths which also depicts as she is trying to sew different stories to make a bigger piece of work.
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