Of course I admire all the woman-empowering moments depicted in Thelma and Louise; however, I am most attracted to their friendship. This is quite literally a friendship to the end. During the course of the movie Thelma and Louise experience several moments of self-awakening liberation from their former lives.

I am most struck by the final scene at the ‘brink/edge’ of life. Could one have driven over the precipice if she were alone in the car and the other was somehow not with her? Did the friendship strengthen the courage of both to allow them to ‘escape’? This was the ultimate act of courage for both women. I doubt if either, at their lowest points in their previous life situations, would have been able to take a lethal step to escape their circumstances. The ultimate in friendship, desperation, awareness and courage.

Eileen E, Washington

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