Charls at Intl School of MC Graduation - 19Jun Jun 21, 2012 8:25:27 GMT -5
Post by hibou on Jun 21, 2012 8:25:27 GMT -5
I believe Charlene's public behavior changed but her mentality has not. She never looks relaxed because she is not since she is always "performing fr the cameras." Charlene over exaggerates everything because she is trying to act in the manner she believes someone with her now wealth and status should act. she always comes across looking awkward because she is awkward.
Charlene is definitely no Eliza Doolittle because as you stated Eliza was actually trained in the rules, norms, and behavior of proper society by a knowledgeable person. Charlene is more like the character Vivan Ward from the movie Pretty Woman. Seriously. Recall, the wealthy businessman Edward Lewis literally picked up the crass vulgar Vivian off the streets and hired her to be escort to his social gatherings. However, he did not teach Vivian anything to be a successful escort - his solution to her crassness and vulgarity was to buy her an entire new wardrobe of expensive designer clothing and drape her with jewelry.
Vivian was to be transformed solely by acquiring an exspensive wardrobe and the status of being his
This is who Charlene is. Well, one major difference, Edward Lewis did not have to remake Vivian's body over since she was naturally stunningly beautiful. (Julia Roberts was gorgeous!). another difference is that the hotel manager and the store cler early on gave Vivian Ward good advice, whereas Charlene is guided by people who share the sentiments of Vivian's friend Kit De Luca. Thus, Charlene surrounds herself with flunkies like Kit De Luca who believes that she always look like a million bucks (and "Cinderfuckinrella") regardless of what she does and what she wears because their standard of judging her is the role that she had before she gt to the palace - so anything is an improvement.
There is one other major difference (ie as paca said the Disney ending), Vivian basically had a heart of gold and had ambitions to go back to school and make something of herself. Her goal was not to latch on to a wealthy john and get what she could from him. She also recognized that she didn't belong in those circles and sought out people she correctly knew would actually help her. The character of Vivian had endearing qualities and helps change the behavior of Edward in the end. There is no such happy ending in Monaco, nor does Charlene seem to have any endearing qualities about her. One could forgive the mistakes if she seems genuine. The character of Vivian so well acted by Julia Roberts gives off a genuineness so lacking in Charlene. JMO.