Portrayals of Masculinity in Avatar
Eggleston, Seth C.
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The ways of which mass media frame the representation of masculinity has a pedagogical affect on viewers of Western culture. This thesis examined the portrayal of masculinity in the feature film Avatar (2009) to determine if masculinity is represented in a fixed, hegemonic way or if significant transformation occurred throughout the text. Using a combination of sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives, a close reading was performed by analyzing the characters and media aesthetics present in Avatar. This method provided insights regarding the depiction of masculinity in one example of Western media. The findings of this study reaffirmed that the portrayal of masculinity is represented in a fixed, hegemonic way.