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A Woman Scorned Essay, Research Paper The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover by Peter Greenway is an astounding tale of sex, deceit, corruption, and abuse. This movie is partial about a woman named Georgina and the relationship she holds between her and the two men in her life, Michael and Albert. Michael is her lover and Albert, her husband, is a head gangster. Albert both physically and psychologically abuses Georgina throughout their whole relationship. As many women in abusive relationships, Georgina does nothing to stop him. It is only when her lover is killed that Georgina finally takes a stand against Albert. As the old saying goes: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The most obvious way that Georgina is abused is physically. There are the smaller things

like when Albert hits her in the face with a menu when she corrects him in his French pronunciation. And the time that Albert hits Georgina on the hand with a spoon at the dinner table because she was not paying attention to him. Grabbing Georgina s breast at the dinner table is another prime example. Of course there are the most obvious ways Albert abuses her. Dragging her around, twisting her arm, and punching her in the stomach when she makes him mad. When Albert rapes Georgina in the car in the back of the restaurant it gives very strong evidence of just how horrible this man really is. There are also those things that blur the line between physical and psychological abuse. These things could be considered both physical and psychological. Albert forces Georgina to wipe his

ass with a warm cloth every night after dinner. There are also instruments that he uses on his wife, such as wooden spoons, tooth brushes, and bottles; Georgina tells a dead Michael that it didn t hurt as bad when she did it herself. Actually, there is no such a thing as physical abuse that isn t also psychologically damaging. However, of all the physical abuse that Georgina received, the two last things, and the raping, seem to be the most damaging both physically and mentally. There as other forms of psychological abuse that Albert uses that are purely verbal. There may actually have been more verbal abuse than physical abuse happening in this movie. Most of what Albert does are small nasty comments he makes to her to harm her self esteem and to basically make fun of her in

front of his gang buddies. There are the conversations at the dinner table describing their sex life in detail and ruining her food made specially for her while she is away from the table in the bathroom . And of course, how could one forget the time when Albert follows Georgina into the women s bathroom and tells her she better not be masturbating because she s not allowed to, she is his property . And then there s the time when he s mad at her and drags the kitchen boy into the middle of it. Albert tells the boy about how he blames Georgina for Albert s loss of innocence and youth, stating that she corrupted him. Last, but not least, is the time when Albert invites Michael over to the table and forces Georgina to say detrimental things about herself. Despite the fact that

Georgina is continuously abused throughout the whole movie, she does try to find solace and happiness. Michael, a quiet bookworm whom she meets at the restaurant, becomes her outlet. He becomes her beacon of light, the one thing that keeps her going during Albert s constant abuse. She finds happiness in the warmth of his body, and solace in the silence between them. They don t even know each other s names until Albert (like the idiot that he is) invites Michael over to their table. I believe she liked the silence between them, the secret rendezvous they have in the bathroom and kitchen. Unlike Albert s unceasing chatter, Michael has a soft and very docile voice when the couple finally begin to speak. After being in an abusive relationship for so long, it is hard for Georgina to