Mary Poppins: Practically Perfect in Every Way

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‘A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’ Mary Poppins said and changed the lives of all of us. It was back in 1964 where the iconic nanny, Mary Poppins, was transferred to the big Screen and we all became more familiar with her presence and her magical aura.  Mary Poppins represents a role model for the 60’s society, especially in Britain. In particular, ‘she was practically perfect in every way’. By using this phrase to characterize her, anyone can understand that in an age where the second-wave feminism is the protagonist, Mary Poppins came to our lives to show us the social change of the time .

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Poppins blew with the wind and she finally arrived at the 17 Cherry Tree Lane, where Mrs. Banks embraced the idea of having Poppins as a nanny for her kids. In particular, Mrs. Banks constitutes a representation of the Suffragettes of that era and she was the main reason that Poppins stayed at her house. On the other hand, Mr Banks was more cautious towards Poppins, as he represented the conservative father who values money and discipline more than anything else in life.

I couldn’t help but wonder! Does the arrival of Poppins at Mr. Banks house resulted in the restoration of the perceived norms? Or Poppins’ presence in their lives changed completely how the Banks family sees things and life? The answer is obvious; Mary Poppins’ impact leads to the disruption of the status quo in Mr. Banks family.  Poppins is the one that utilizes the tools of critical thinking and imagination, not to persuade the Banks’ children to see the world like anyone does, but instead of that she encourages them to find their own authentic perspective and explanation about the world. She is a magical nanny who proves that reality and imagination are not mutually exclusive.

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So even though, Mary Poppins appears to be a proper guardian who embraces the idea of keeping the children in their ‘proper place’, in reality she is the one that creates opportunities for both the children and Mr. Banks to explore the unknown and a world of complexities where everything is connected. She represented a dynamic female role model in an era where women in Britain were trying to find their identity and place in a male-dominated society. However, still today Mary Poppins constitutes a symbol for the contemporary woman who is ‘practically perfectly in every way’, by trying not necessarily to follow the social norms, but by creating new norms and habits that will shape a better and inclusive world. A world in which everyone will know that ‘in every job that must be done there is an element of fun’ and in a world where ‘everything can happen if you let it’.

Who knows, maybe, 2018 is the year when Poppins will blow with the wind and arrive outside your door, and change your life completely…or maybe the new you finds Poppins in your unconscious and give yourself a chance to change by yourself your life with a dash of magic and a lot of faith in you!

 

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