I would like to make a double proposal for the two main antagonists of Romance Flowers in the Attic and their cinematographic adaptations.
What's The Work?
Flowers in the Attic is a novel that was already adapted for the film version in 1987 and 2014. The novel tells the story of 4 children: Chris, Catho and the twins Carrie and Cory, who after their father's death, live with their mother in the home of their maternal grandparents - the Foxworths - who are wealthy. Her mother, in turn, had the fruit of incest between her and her uncle, causing her deeply religious grandparents to disown them as children of the devil, especially her grandmother, Olivia, who demanded that the "freaks" be locked in the attic of the house.
Who are they? What they have done?
Olivia Foxworth is Corrine's abusive and severely religious mother and maternal grandmother to the 4 young people, who coldly welcomes the 5 into her home. Because they were the result of incest, Olivia considered Corine's four children to be the fruits of evil and demanded that they be isolated in a room in the house, receiving all the contempt and abuse. When her daughter, Corrine, went to see her sick father, Olivia took advantage of this to whip her brutally for running off with her uncle and marrying him, counting on 17 lashes for the 17 years she spent married while looking at his debilitated father, forcing his daughter to show the injuries to her grandchildren. Olivia also abuses her grandchildren psychologically and physically, threatening to whip them for any act she considers sinful. When Olivia suspects that the older grandchildren, Cathy and Chris, are developing an attraction to each other or about to develop an incestuous relationship, she punishes them harshly, as demanding that Cathy's hair be cut, locking Chris up in a closet when he leaves. refuses to do this for her and as a final punishment, locks all the children in the attic, where they are left starving for months until the older girl agrees to cut her hair. In the attic, the 4 children are even more mistreated, deprived of light, fresh air and good food, which certainly resulted in the death of one of the twin boys. When the children are fed again, they are also given donuts to eat, these containing arsenic to kill the children, like a plan by Corrine and Olivia. While Corrine had greedy intentions in poisoning the children, Olivia did it simply to see their suffering.
Corrine Dollaganger is the mother of Cathy, Chris, Cory and Carrie, who conceived them after running away with their uncle and having an incestuous relationship with him, which resulted in marriage. Despite appearing, at first, more sympathetic than her mother, she soon reveals herself to be more of a person, who out of greed is capable of committing hideous actions. In order to inherit the inheritance from her father, who was about to die, the condition was imposed that she had no children from her previous marriage, since it was incestuous. Because of this, Corrine unites with Olivia to isolate and kill her children slowly, either by starvation or by donuts poisoned with arsenic, this after completely losing the bond and the sympathy she had for the children previously, since she still she visited them, before those visits became more and more frequent and she felt less and less consideration for her children. One of her children, the youngest twin, Cory, dies as a result of the abuse and Corrine pretends to care, when in reality, she herself poisoned her children. Corrine marries a lawyer and when her children escape from the attic, she simply pretends she doesn't know them and ignores them completely.
Olivia was an extremely cruel mother and grandmother, able to punish in the worst ways anyone who performed acts that she considered sinful, including her own daughter, Corrine, whom she whipped brutally and forced to show her children the injuries. He let his grandchildren go hungry and languish locked in the attic for months. It was probably responsible for the cooling of the daughter in relation to her them. Then he assisted his daughter Corrine in the plan to kill the children just to make them suffer, since she certainly had no interest in her daughter inheriting the inheritance because of her incestuous marriage. Olivia has the pleasure of physically and psychologically abusing her grandchildren, and seeing them suffer the most before dying because of her repudiation of the fact that they are the fruits of incest, and they are not to blame for Corrine's actions.
Although Olivia seems to be worse, Corrine still qualifies in conspiring to kill her own children and despise them completely, caring only for the money.
Finally, the two are willing and murder innocent minors, all in the cruelest way possible, in a slow and painful way, leaving them to starve and feeding them only with poisoned donuts. Even resulting in the death of one of the youngest twins, a child.
Freudian Excuse/Mitigating Factors
None. Corrine may seem friendly at first and just another victim of Olivia's cruelty, but she discards any sympathy when, for reasons of greed and money, conspires to kill her own children (who are minors), resulting in the death of one of them . In this she proves to be as depraved as her mother.
The fact that the 4 children are from an incestuous relationship does not justify Olivia's cruelty (much less sadism) towards her family members, it does not even justify her brutality, as a mother, towards Corrine, just because she married incestuous. In addition, if Corrine still has some mitigating factor, Olivia had none since the beginning.
Given the above, I say yes to both.