Kellie asked me if “Elizabeth lives vicariously through Bess, and would that be tittilating. And who was the heroine of the film”. Kellie, the film is mainly about Elizabeth and her journey,
It is about her journey from apiring to be divine to Divinity. The moral question the film deals with is whether Divinity is absolute. So Elizabeth’s internal mythic struggle is the battle between her mortal self and between her Divine self. Are we all also not locked in the same struggle ?
There is nothing vicarious about the relationship between Bess and Elizabeth. From a Mythic point of view, one represents the mortal self, and the other the Divine self, both locked in a struggle to find their own identity. Raleigh is the catalyst,