A 100 Word Analysis (Buffy)

A TV narrative discussion about how the narrative structure, point(s) of view, gender relations, binary oppositions, hierarchies of discourses and ending contribute to the formation of dominant ideologies.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Seasons 1 – 7)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is riddled with a number of social issues and binary oppositions. Good versus evil is an obvious opposition, as is the hierarchy of discourses dealing with, firstly, gender roles and, secondly, stereotyping. However, the dominant ideology in this series is that girls can be powerful too. From the point of view of a number of characters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is centred on, and framed through, Buffy herself. Over seven years, Buffy grows from a naïve girl to a powerful woman. however, in the end, Spike, a male, is the show’s hero, thus reinforcing the notion that feminism is still a necessity.

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