Alias Grace






“You are who you portray yourself to be..”, an accurately told yet too beautifully foreshadowed by this show. Alias Grace, a name to compensate an other, is a mini series on Netflix and a well written book by Margaret Atwood in 1996 (published). This article expresses my views and some flashback to the true crime scene that inspired the author and why it still does have an affect among us till date. A novel of historical fiction, illustrates the notorious 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Upper Canada. Two servants of the Kinnear household, Grace Marks and James McDermott, were convicted of their crime. McDermott was hanged and Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment. To that, Atwood constructs a narrative with a fictional doctor, Simon Jordan, who researches the case. Although ostensibly conducting research into criminal behavior, he slowly becomes personally involved in the story of Grace Marks and seeks to reconcile his perception of the mild-mannered woman he sees with the murder of which she has been convicted. Victorian era involved people believing and having their interests in the paranormal, supernatural and occult. This statement introduces,Jeremiah Pontelli, a fictional character. Jeremiah the peddler, alias Geraldo Ponti, magician, alias Dr. Jerome DuPont, "Neuro-Hypnotist", who in my perspective, gave her the veil of freedom to speak of what she wished to in the name of the above what the people believed in. In a male influenced society, having a fraction of our women suffer from being their own has been depicted beautifully through this show. The dark undertone followed by her mark of change allowed the audience and herself to accept what every male wanted back then, including the doctor who did get misled by her story. Her story, her truth, we do get to know her for what she says she is. An equivalence could never be the answer, but to respect one another, not to feel, but to know they need their own voice too, to be out there with yours for not what she was, but for who she is, played one of  the themes behind the story line. A human to treat another seemed to be lost even now, looking at some of the horrific news on how some women do get treated by men and vice versa. Book as well as the show provides us ample amount of time to know each and every humans worth within a short span of time. The lurid true crime trappings and for how Mark’s predicament, underlines both the role of women and the class divide in polite 1840's society. Aided by Mary Harron’s able direction , the mini series, captured our thoughts on how this is still happening out there and our voices beside our closest ones for them could be the first step to stop any from happening at all. Oppression, she was forced upon during her jail time where her inmates and herself should be treated as patients rather than prisoners, gave her actual time for a while, after which she seemed to have every person she met figured and how they would respond back. These fictitious characters, DuPont and the Doctor were mere examples of the one who did what she expected and the one who got her to bestow her truth under the shadow she chose. In simpler terms, she knew her mistake and chose her words wisely, to endow someone with what you present, played herself well and so did prove her right to herself than to any. The story ends on a note, hooking up all her favourite memories and the ones that did make her wise and clever, woven in a quilt that she keeps to herself, because in the end you are what you’ve learnt from and have been. There are many outlined theories from this mystery, but that’s for you to discover.
If you haven’t watched the show or read the book:
Alias Grace Mini Series
Alias Grace Book

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