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Grace Marks was a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada and, along with a stable hand, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment, and became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder. Eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail, her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether she was involved in the murder, or was merely an unwitting accessory.
The TV series Alias Grace on Netflix channel is a screen version of the eponymous novel by the famous writer Margaret Atwood, who is a winner of the Booker Prize. The events of TV show took place in reality. This was a terrible and mysterious crime, which is still not fully clarified. However, this history is only an excuse for a closer look and in-depth study of the social, class and gender realities for the author that existed in Canada in the mid-19th century. The main character of the TV series Grace Marks was born in Ireland. But now she lives in Canada, where she works as a servant. It so happened that she and James McDermott were accused of killing their employer Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. The groom McDermott was executed, and Grace received a life imprisonment. Alias Grace became known throughout Canada after she was fully acquitted after thirty years of being behind bars. But the main character will find the strength to return to normal life, while there are debates about guilt or innocence around her.Read more »