I've made my way through the entire series over the past 72 hours. Without revealing any spoilers for those of you who are just beginning to watch, here are a few of my thoughts. I found the story heartbreaking, at times disturbing. At every turn, Grace is met with domineering male figures who, one by one, find ways to exploit her. (I'd argue that that's true even of the male characters who professed to wish to help Grace.) I was struck by Grace's capacity to cope and the resilience of her mind. No, we don't live in 19th century Canada, but we shouldn't turn a blind eye to the very real vestiges of that culture that linger today. Separately, I thought the story was elegantly told; it did not reveal too much too quickly but, rather, slowly explained how Grace came to find herself in prison. I also thought acting was superb. One more thought –– I absolutely adored Mary's character and was entranced by how her strength was incorporated throughout the series. Anyone have thoughts, even if only on the first episode or two?
Creyden, I will be watching the last episode tonight. You give a great summary. This reminds me of the recent Montgomery case and the potential similarities of disturbing upbringing in these two women's lives.
Following the urging of one of our group members (and my own curiosity and interest as well, of course) I watched the second episode of Alias Grace to better understand Grace and the symbolism of the Apple.
As someone mentioned in another thread, I found the character of Mary Whitney most intriguing. I do not wish to divulge too much for any students who have not yet seen as far as the second episode. With that said, I was startled and taken by how Mary compressed such dark and light poles into such a compact narrative and character. Light and dark, glee and tragedy, potential and finality, all at once.