Thursday, 13 October 2011

@ Phil: Essay

Hi Phil, I've been rewording my introduction keeping in mind what you suggested last time and have come up with this.

This essay explores the idea of therianthropy and looks at the effects of metamorphosis on the characters’ lives and how they are perceived by others also, how their physical ‘change’ is conveyed.
 It is focused on particular reference to David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ (1986) which focuses on the degradation of the human through physiognomy, Jean Cocteau’s ‘La Belle et la Bête’ (1946) and its moral of not judging a book by its cover, J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ (1999) and the role of Animagi , Naughty Dog’s ‘Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’ (2009) and its theme of metamorphosis as a guard and the mixed personalities of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (1886).
The assignment will begin by defining the key ideas of therianthrophy and physiognomy. It will then examine the ways in which each referenced text applies the idea of metamorphosis; especially relating to the lives of the characters and in conclusion will summarise the idea of metamorphosis in each text and how this impacts on how the texts are perceived.


‘The Fly’. (1986) Directed by David Cronenberg. U.S.A. Brookfilms.
‘La Belle et la Bête’. (1946) Directed by Jean Cocteau. France. DisCina.
Rowling, J.K. (1999) ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. London: Bloomsbury.
‘Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’. (2009). U.S.A. Naughty Dog
Stevenson, Robert Louis. (1886) ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. London: Longmans, Green & Co.


tutorphil said...

This essay explores the concept of therianthropy in popular narrative and examines the effect of metamorphosis on both characterisation and audience. Case studies for investigation are David Cronenberg’s The Fly (italics) (1986), which examines the degradation of the human form and Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (italics) (1946), which questions similarly the boundary between mankind and monsters. In addition, the significance of metamorphosis in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (italics) (1999), Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (italics) (2009) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (italics) (1886) will be investigated. The assignment begins by defining the key ideas of therianthrophy and physiognomy, then examines ways in which themes of metamorphosis are used in each of the selected case-studies. In conclusion, the discussion will seek to summarise the thematic purpose of metamorphosis and how it shapes interpretation....

Emma Foster said...

Thanks Phil!