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TheScars of Prostitution: The Heroic Love Sacrifice of a Mother
Awoman should not have to result to selling her body so as to takecare of her children. Poverty, however forces one to go against hermorals and result into prostitution so as to take care of her family.Women are victims more than men since they have the task of caringfor the children as single mothers. The rise in poverty levels hasincreased prostitution and along comes with its various consequencesfor the women who practice it and the country. This paper willexamine the price that a single mother pays due to the love she hasfor her child and the consequences of prostitution with reference tothe film, TheGoddess,1934.
Thefilm “TheGoddess-1934’’is one that depicts the struggles that a woman Ruan Lingyu faces inorder to take care of her son whom she loves very much. She sells herbody due to her love for the son in order to provide and educate her.She is a moral woman who views prostitution as evil. However, she hasto go against her morals and support her beloved son. Prostitution isknown to exist in our society from time memorial. However, it isviewed as an evil in the society and many efforts have been puttowards eradicating it. Those who engage in it as a source of incomeare despised and seen as people with no rights and of little use tothe society. Many laws are made to discourage this practice. This isseen in the film goddess when Ruan who plays the prostitute isvictimized together with her son after she was discovered to be aprostitute (The Goddess, 2015). The society is very harsh to them tothe extent of expelling the son from school due to her mother’sactions. However, little attention is paid to the factors that leadto it and the hardships prostitutes face.
Despitethe society being cruel the practice of prostitution, littleattention is paid into helping the victims. In fact, people do notseek to understand the circumstances and the hardships that are facedby these women to the extent of choosing such a path. They lay downtheir dignity for the love of their children since they love them somuch to watch them die.
Thelove of Ruan for her son is seen in the way she takes care of himwhen he is young. She cuddles him with passion and love. It is alsoevident when the Boss, who is a street criminal, threatens to takeher son away because he sees her as his property. She is willing todie for hers son and ends up killing the boss. All this she does duethe love she has for her son and the desire to offer him a good life(Meyer,26).
TheMother’s love for her son is also shown when the principalinvestigates claims from parents that the mother is a prostitute. Heconfronts her and she admits that she is one. However, the principalrealizes the depth of her love she has for the boy and decides tofight for the boy in the council. He resigns when the council finallydecides to expel the boy. Many people do not understand why motherswould involve themselves in prostitution and are quick to judge justas the principal. However, the principal took an initiative tounderstand why and after confronting the mother, he understands thereason of her actions. He even decides to support her to the extentof resigning (The Goddess, 2015). This proves that her involvement inprostitution could only be justified after understanding the reasonsbehind it.
TheGoddessgoes to prison because of her action of killing the boss in order toprotect her son. The law is a bit harsh on her considering hersuffering under the Boss ownership. He mistreats her and uses her forhis own greed and selfish gains. It is unfortunate that the law canprotect such an abusive boss and not her. During the time she workedfor the boss, protected her from the victimization and abuse. In factthe police were up to arrest her for engaging in prostitution. Thelaw should have provided her with a means of rehabilitation and asustainable source of income. This would have protected the goddessfrom the struggles of prostitution.
Thoughpainful, she instructs her visitors in prison to tell the son thatshe died so as to protect him from the embarrassment that she was aprostitute. She imagines a bright future for the son. This also isproof of her desire to see the son prosper in life. She loved the sonso selflessly that she would rather not be in his life as a badstain. She believes that she has an obligation to give her son a goodlife even if it means she won’t be there to see it. This provesthat a mother’s love for her child is so strong that it can causeher to lay down her life for the sake of a little happiness (TheGoddess, 2015).
Shealso agrees to let the head teacher adopt and educate the child. Thispresents a brighter future of the child and therefore she is happy toknow that he will escape the societal of poverty which changed herlife to that of a prostitute. In doing this, she demonstrates hersacrificial personality once again for the love of the child. Despiteall this sacrifices for her son, only the head teacher understandsthe reasons for her actions. Parents wrote to the school complainingthat Ruan is a prostitute and advocating for the expulsion of thechild. The board after hearing the case is quick to expel the boy.This shows their distaste for prostitution to the extent that theydid not try to understand the reasons behind it.
Theconsequences of prostitution are not only for the mother but the sonas well. Social prejudices accompanied with prostitution led totaunting of her son as a bastard. Only the principal realizes hecannot punish the boy for the actions of the mother as evidenced byhim trying to persuade the board not to expel the boy. This shows howprostitution had effects even to the innocent associated with thosewho practiced it. In conclusion, the terrible choices made by Ruanare geared towards the well-being of her son. This film acts as areminder of how big a mother’s love for her child is that it noknows no law. She can easily give up her own life for the sake of herchild. This therefore makes a mother a protective Goddess.
"TheGoddess." IMDb.IMDb.com. retrieved on 2ndMar 2015. From:
Meyer,Richard J. RuanLing-Yu: The Goddess of Shanghai.Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005. Print.