Discussion of the history of women in entertainment and how it reflects current society.
Thesis statement: This paper will show how, despite the touchy theories of some feminists, the movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) portrays one woman as intelligent and capable, showing growth in her character and setting up vulnerabilities that are sometimes against stereotype, thus making her a complete person in her own right.
What Feminist Film Theory looks for and what it finds.
How movie emphasizes strengths of Lara Croft
Show her verbal interchange with men who are may consider themselves her intellectual superior.
Show how she works out retrieval of triangle.
Show her persistence and determination in carrying out mission.
How movie shows Lara Croft's weaknesses.
Demonstrate relationship with Lord Richard Croft and how this influences her.
Demonstrate relationship with Manfred Powell and how this influences her.
Demonstrate relationship with Alex West and how this influences her.
What Feminist Film Theory may find in Lara Croft.
Positive-Lara Croft is able to defend herself.
Positive and negativeùLara Croft is in charge of her own life and is privileged to be part of the aristocratic/wealthy class.
NegativeùLara Croft sometimes plays on stereotypes to appear more "feminine."
NegativeùLara Croft has a physical beauty and sex-appeal that outweighs other accomplishments, thus creating a sex-icon.
ConclusionùLara Croft: Tomb Raider has some characteristics that appeal to old stereotypes, however they do not limit the character and are merely used to more fully complete the picture of this character. In creating a complete person, full of both strengths and weaknesses, this film actually adds to the lexicon of movies that feminists may be proud of.
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