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Tuesday, March 24

March 24, 2015


Today we added our final two archetypes, both predominantly female:

11. The Waif (variations: The Princess; The Orphan)
12. The Free Spirit (variations: The Comedienne; The Trailblazer)

The difference between these two archetypes is best measured via Disney princesses (though that’s certainly not the only source of examples). Waifs tend to be old-school Disney: characters like Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, who are dependent on other characters, male and female, to help them out of their predicaments. Some princesses (Snow White and Cinderalla) are examples of both variations. It is this archetype that Cheetah Girls famously rebuked in this early Noughties hit:

The newer breed of Disney princesses, on the other hand (that is, since 1989’s The Little Mermaid) have tended to be Free Spirits — mostly Trailblazers. They are determined to make their own way, even when it conflicts with the expectations of society. This trailblazing probably reached its peak in Mulan, where the heroine not only shows she’s as tough and smart as any man, but actually saves Imperial China in the process.

(Quick sidebar about the other variation, The Comedienne. The best example is Lucille Ball’s character Lucy Ricardo, who defied convention not by confronting it directly, but by making people laugh. Although Lucille Ball, the actress and behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, certainly was a trailblazing individual. Read about how she got her show made HER WAY sometime. Not many women successfully wielded that much power in the entertainment industry of the 1950s.)

Our earlier descriptions of Jung’s anima and animus would make sense if we viewed the anima (the more feminine, passive, maybe even weaker side of men) as better represented in literature, since most writers have been male. Representation of the animus (the tougher, more analytical side of women) would have taken longer to be represented, since female authors are a fairly recent proposition, at least en masse. (However, this is an advance that has been, I think we could say, internalized by male writers, as well as females. Many of Disney’s proto-feminist princess films have been written by men; even Mulan, which has something like 30 screenwriting/story credits, is the result of a majority of male voices.)

That brings us to our assignment for Thursday: reconsidering Twilight. Specifically, is Bella a Waif, or a Free Spirit? To give one example of a more specific line of questioning, is she a waif which represents backlash against the preponderance of Free Spirits in our culture, or is she actually a Free Spirit herself? Please use examples from the books or films!!

I am requesting a minimum one-graf response, but this one could certainly — and perhaps should — be longer. Answer the question completely.

Hitchcock: Today we finished watching Notorious. Your Rope/Notorious responses are due on Thursday.

Today in class you filled out an “I read it” card so that those of you that actually did the reading for today will get credit for doing so. The movie ran long so we didn’t get to the discussion part of things – that means if you did not do the reading for today, please do it for Thursday so that you can participate.

ALSO – as promised, here’s the Truffaut excerpt on NotoriousNotorious – Truffaut Interview. Please read.

Siren: April copy.

Daily Prompt: Notebooks were checked and we had a reading. We’ll do an activity on Thursday. Your next four entries will be due on Tuesday, April 7 (after spring break). That means you’re getting a free week! But I warn you – make sure that these entries are good. It seems like a few of you are really dropping the ball as far as using this as an opportunity to write goes, and that is really disappointing. Take advantage of this class. Make the most of it. Don’t think that it goes unnoticed.


7th Grade:

Survey: CNF: Our interview with Mrs. Serra was today. Tomorrow we’ll be visiting her class Block 4. Come ready to observe and record your observations!

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