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Arlene in the 1957 Horror Film, I Was a Teenage Werewolf

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Tony and Arlene from I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Digital Image. Bonanza Boomers. n.d. 18 Apr. 2017.

In the 1957 horror film, I Was A Teenage Werewolf, Arlene Logan is the girlfriend of the main character Tony Rivers, the teenage werewolf.

Character SummaryEdit

Arlene is a chic, modest, and well-mannered teenage girl in Rockdale High. She is also in a relationship with Tony, a mischievous boy who has a bad reputation for breaking into fights inside and outside of school. As a girlfriend, Arlene is very supportive and caring for her troubled boyfriend. Even though, Tony can often be stubborn and short-tempered, she still very much likes and worries for him. However, her parents who are very strict aren’t very fond of Tony, especially after reading in the news that He and his classmate, Jimmy, got in a physical fight on campus. Her mother suggest that she date someone new who is a proper gentlemen with a good reputation. Arlene, however, disagrees and replies to her mother with, “I date because I like him. In fact, I like him very much.” Her father especially is not happy about Arlene and Tony's relationship because like he mentioned, “I like to feel proud of the young man who takes my Arlene out” and “a young man who keeps busy with the right kinds of things.” Thus, they don’t want their daughter dating someone who is mischievous with a bad reputation. One thing, Arlene does agree with her parents, is that Tony’s behavior has spiraled out of control; thus, she urges him to see Dr. Brandon, the psychologist, to get some help. [2]

19th Century Victorian Ideal vs. 20th Century Victorian IdealEdit

Arlene is similar and different to Mina Murray, in Dracula by Bram Stoker. They both share characteristics of Victorian woman. However, Mina depicts more of the ideal Victorian women for the 19th century and Arlene depicts a moderate Victorian women with a 20th century twist. [1] [2] [3]

In similarity, Arlene and Mina neither show any form of sexual desire which enables them to maintain a purity and innocent status. Arlene does have a boyfriend, however, in the film she keeps it very formal and causal with Tony. Allowing him to place his arm around her shoulders, a peck on the lips, a date amongst friends, dropping her off from school, and picking her up for a date and dropping her off at 12pm with not a minute after to respect Arlene’s parents curfew rules. They have a very modest relationship with no signs of sexual desires or intimacy, but small acts of affection. Thus, showing a moderate Victorian women in the 20th century. As for Mina, her fiancé Jonathan Harker and she are also in a modest and sexless relationship. However, their relationship is distant and dull because of rules and regulations they must follow, prior to being engaged. It is very controlled and many restrictions are enforced. Mina is not allowed to show any sexual intimacy or sexual desire towards her fiancé, in fact, she isn’t even allowed to look at him asleep before marriage. Thus, showing Mina as the ideal Victorian of the 20th century. [1] [2] [3]

In difference, the amount of restriction placed on Arlene and Mina’s relationship is dissimilar in their centuries. In Arlene’s century, she got the fortunate to date during her teenage years and be allow with her pair alone. In Mina’s case, women in her century never went on dates. In fact, “They were not even allowed to speak to men unless there was a married woman present as a chaperone” (Hughes). Even as Mina was engaged to Jonathan, they weren’t “allowed to see each other asleep before proposing or accepting” (Stocker 100) which goes to show that the amount of control and restriction in Mina’s relationship is more than Arlene’s. Also, the only restriction placed on Arlene was to be back home by midnight. [1] [2] [3]

Thus, in the 20th century there was more freedom for women, and in 19th century women had minimal freedom with lots of restrictions. However, they similarly remain modest and pure as portrayed by Arlene and Mina. [1] [2] [3]

Notes Edit

1. Hughes, Kathryn. “Gender Roles in the 19th Century.” Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians. British Library, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

2. I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Dir. Gene Fowler Jr. American International Pictures, 1957. Film.

3. Stocker, Bram. “The Eighth Chapter.” Dracula. Rev.ed. London: Penguin Group, 2003. 100. Print.

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