‘My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no one’s doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my destiny.’ Elaine Maxwell
Elaine Maxwell is an American author. These are powerful sentiments in a modern, westernised society but entirely meaningless in a misogynistic one. The Smile explores how legitimisation renders any such thoughts impossible for subjugated females. Should such thoughts begin to surface no action would be possible in any case.