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Gemma Lovitt Mock Exam In the viewing of Dr Who the audience begin to explore the ways in which the

extract constructs the two opposing representations of gender between the two protagonists by analysing the mise-enscene, editing, camera, sounds etc. Furthermore I will use the theory of Levi-Straus binary opposites to illustrate the differences that are portrayed within the two genders. I will discuss how the female gender is conveyed as having less control and power whereas comparing it to the male gender who is more in demand, and physically stronger. Levi Straus theory of binary opposites is simply a conflict between to qualities or terms that are opposing to one another. For instance binary opposites can be good vs bad male vs female youth vs age etc. The two characters I have chosen to analyse are the male enemy and the female character that is first presented at the start of the extract and using the male vs female binary opposite theory. Therefore the director has ensured that they are aware of every single thing they do within the extract as each thing is there specifically to portray a meaning. Firstly I will be discussing the way in which the female character is portrayed. From the very first few seconds in, the audience are introduced to a long shallow focused shot which allows them to see in depth what is being shown. In this case it illustrates straight away that the female character has less control as she has been blurred out in the background when being taken into the room as it portrays the women being ordered in to see the male character, therefore illustrating the binary opposites of power vs weak. We also can interpret this particular binary opposite from the facial expressions of the character as she comes across as scared and anxious of her surroundings, therefore leading to the stereotyped view of women showing their feelings through emotions. Similarly from the positioning of the two characters it clearly emphasises the theory of binary opposites of control vs helplessness as the typically stereotyped breadwinner male is presented at a higher level demonstrating a hierarchical structure of being the most important and having the most control whereas the women is portrayed in a completely different position shown at a lower level demonstrating her helplessness and lack of control in comparison to others in her surroundings. Furthermore the audience are also aware of what extent the male character has when relation to power as there are two male characters holding guns when leading the girl into the room. The props used which in this case being guns portray a meaning and view of the two opposing genders, illustrating that the men are the stereotyped aggressive and sorting things out in violence whereas the womans point of view is conveyed through emotions. However although the female character is portrayed as having less authority, power, control etc the use of Todorovs theory of having an equilibrium, disruption, and resolution enables the audience to see in more depth of how the female characters role changes and can interpret even more how the two opposing genders are different and the ways in which they sort things out leading to the theory of binary opposites. Furthermore as stated the male character is the one who has more control, power, authority etc he also is seen as dominant over the opposing gender as the male is the one giving out orders as if he was the boss of the women. Therefore this portrays the stereotype image of men being demanding and feeling like they have all sense of control over all females. From this particular scene it highlights that men have a stronger verbal approach in comparison to women therefore emphasising how the two different genders handle things. The binary opposite of power vs weak is conveyed again as the women obeys her instructions and is told by the male to get down on her knees. This image acts like a metaphor visualising a king like figure to the audience demonstrating respect and authority that a single individual can hold. Similarly the outfit that the male character has been presented in demonstrates the stereotyped view of men being the breadwinner as he has been portrayed wearing a suit showing businesslike approach whereas the women has been portrayed in all black. This leads to another interpretation for the audience to make as black is associated with many negative things such as death, violence etc leading them to start thinking about what could happen within the next few scenes of the extract. Nevertheless the male character is portrayed as a

Gemma Lovitt Mock Exam very confident character as he is constantly the one speaking or giving orders which reinforces the theory of power vs weak or even confidence vs shy. As the extract progresses it shows a clear role reverse as it reaches an equilibrium (Todorovs theory) as the female character simply comes out of her shell and all the interpretations the audience first had are no longer as all the ways she had been portrayed switch completely. During roughly the middle of the extract the woman gets a sudden urge to fight back at the dominant male character and becomes determined to get her point across. As the female character starts to get her point across verbally she does it in a polite manner to maintain calm and to ensure that all her facts and opinions are heard and listened to exactly how she wants it to be listened to. Therefore in conclusion the extra specifically highlights how the two opposing genders settle things and how they are conveyed in their approach of the matter.