Outspoken or Opinionated.

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Outspoken or Opinionated

In the 21st century more women are breaking through their cultural and ethical values and becoming independent. Women of the present and future unlike the women of the past have their own thoughts, beliefs, and lifestyles despite what society believes. In the movie Real Women Have Curves the main character Ana, is a senior in high school and has her own goals to go to college. Ana has to overcome her mother's wishes to stay at home with the family and work in her sister's dress making shop. Should Ana stay by her family and do want her mother wishes or pursue her dream in life and go to college.

Carmen, Ana's mother has very traditional and religious beliefs for her family while Ana has modern beliefs and is more of an open-minded person. Although Ana seems to not care about what her mother thinks she actually respects her mother but wants to live her life for herself.

Carmen is a religious woman and in the movie. She has Saint Antonio; it is for Ana it serves a purpose to help Ana find a husband. The Saint Antonio is holding a baby who represents fertility because Carmen wants Ana to be married and have children. It is easy to see that her culture plays a role in the way she thinks women are supposed to carry themselves. Carmen tells Ana, "Don't eat the flan." She thinks that her daughter is supposed to be slim in order to attract a husband and that a man won't like women who are overweight. Despite her mothers request to not eat the flan she eats it anyway, not to make her mother mad but to show she doesn't care what her others think of her appearance. Carmen feels that Ana...