An analysis of narratology in mainstream film through the application of gender equity critical assessment

Gagiano, Vicki (2019-04)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2019.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Gender inequity in the Hollywood film industry highlights the importance of continued feminist filmdiscourse development and analysis. Female representation in film is also assessed through popular media tests in cyberfeminism such as the Bechdel Test as a measurable method of revealing gender inequity. The power dynamics between male and female protagonists result in hierarchical power plays which affect the agency of a female character’s arc. The development of the Revised Mako Mori Test as an alternative popular media test shows the power distribution of the character arc of female characters in film. The analysis of three science fiction female characters namely Mako Mori (Pacific Rim 2013), Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road 2015), and Ellen Ripley (Aliens 1983), illustrated the impact of a strong narrative arc. The Revised Mako Mori Test indicated that, through the close proximity of a female character’s arc to the narrative arc of the film, her agency is advanced. A strong female protagonist acts as a driving force of a film’s narrative arc if her character arc is continuously developed with consideration of the film’s plot. The Revised Mako Mori Test shows the relevance of assessing the character arc of a female protagonist and how it impacts on female representation in film.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geslagsongelykheid in Hollywood film onderstreep die belangrikheid van die voortdurende ontwikkeling en analise van feministiese film diskoers. Vroue verteenwoordiging in film word ook deur middel van populêre mediatoetse soos die Bechdel toets in die kuberruimte geassesseer. Die mags-dinamikas tussen mans en vroue protagoniste lei tot hiërargiese magspeling wat daarvolgens ‘n effek op die agentskap van die vrou se karakterboog het. Die ontwikkeling van die Hersiene Mako Mori Toets as ‘n alternatiewe populêre media toets wys die magsverspreiding van die vroue karakter se karakterboog in die film. Die analise van drie wetenskapsfiksie vroulike karakter, naamlik Mako Mori (Pacific Rim 2013), Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road 2015), en Ellen Ripley (Aliens 1983) illustreer die impak van ‘n sterk karakterboog. Die Hersiene Mako Mori Toets dui, deur middel van die nabyheid van ‘n vroue karakter se karakterboog tot die storielyn-boog, haar gevorderde agentskap aan. ‘n Sterk vroue protagonist is die dryfkrag van ‘n film se storielyn-boog sodra haar karakter voortdurend ontwikkel word met oorweging van die film se storielyn en komplot. Die Hersiene Mako Mori Toets wys die relevansie van die assessering van die karakterboog van ‘n vroue protagonist en die impak op die verteenwoordiging van vroue in film.

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