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Mona Lisa Smile Feminist and Functanalist

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Mona Lisa Smile takes place in 1953 and tells the story of a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and left as a first-year teacher from Oakland State University. She also leaves her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California, to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.  The story began with the introduction of the protagonist, Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts), a fresh novice professor with a socially progressive mindset hailing from the state of California, who takes up a job in the art history department at what we could call a snobbish girls college; Wellesley in the fall of year 1953. Disregarding warnings from her boyfriend Paul (John Slattery) that this job’s environment was unsuitable for her element of thoughts; Katherine was enthusiastic at the prospect of educating the classrooms to some of the most brilliant and brightest women in her country. Her first impression of Wellesley was however dampened by the first day of class, being humiliated by her smug students who demonstrated their impressive knowledge of the text syllabus in front of her supervisor. Katherine determined to not be shaken by their, and chose to stray from the syllabus to regain the upper hand; an idea which was opposed by the college president. Katherine challenged the girl’s ideas of what constituted art is defined, and exposed them to modern era artists which would go against the school board approval. Katherine dared the girls to think for themselv...

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