Freaks and Geeks: Argumentative Analysis Upon making its debut in 1999, the hit-television show Freaks and Geeks has pushed the norms of American entertainment to its limits. The comedic television show has gained great credibility through its effective utilization of media techniques to create stereotypes. Both music and characterization are used to establish the relationships and social standings of various characters. It is known to be a challenge for authors, directors and creators throughout time to establish characters and utilize them effectively to portray a message. However, the directors for Freaks and Geeks were able to create stereotypes that were later used to ignite the conflict. The use of characters assists in establishing …show more content…
This can be true online, in real life, as well as depicted through a television screen. In Freaks and Geeks, music is utilized to further solidify the stereotypes beyond their physical appearance. The soundtrack of this episode varies greatly. The music is used to establish the moods, personalities and social statuses of the characters. What many envision as the music a ‘cool’ person would listen to is what is played to establish these connections between what we assume of the stereotype and what is actually consists of. More often than not, they are very similar. It begins in the first scene of the Pilot episode. The jock and the cheerleader are sitting on the bleachers and as he confesses his love, the music playing is uplifting. It depicts the love between the two. Nonetheless, when the camera pans down below the bleachers the mood changes immediately through the soundtrack (Kasadan 1999). The music becomes loud, obnoxious and heavy, creating the exact mood that would be expected from a stereotypical ‘cool’ person. Stereotypes are developed through the perceived personalities of characters. Kasadan chose to use music in order to make the personalities more distinct to the audience, the personalities we associate with being a
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In the book Of Mice and Men, Lennie is one of the first characters to be stereotyped. He is judged by everyone who sees him because he has a mental disability that people have a hard time looking past. They all see him as a big and dumb, even though he is described as tough and hard working many times in the book , for example on page 34 George says “He ain’t bright. Hell of a good worker, though. Hell of a fella, but he ain’t bright.”
In the TV show Freaks and Geeks, many stereotypes are presented through the use of media elements. The filmmakers used the media elements of setting and characters to show the different stereotypes in Freaks and Geeks. The media element setting is used to show stereotypes of the stereotypical high school environment using tools like time and place. Setting displays the stereotype that all high schools have certain groups assigned to their own tables. In the case of the TV show Freaks and Geeks, the geeks sit at one table and the jocks sit at another.
Music can change time, tempo, dynamics, and mood very fast. This music can also be easy on the ears to quite difficult to listen to. “It is natural enough for the uninitiated to imagine that all problematic music may be safely damned under a single heading. But actually, even in the old days of "ultra-modern" music, a great many different kinds of music were grouped indiscriminately together,
From our previous film showing, High Noon, we got a taste of how the Western genre portrayed Chicano/a characters. The late 1970’s saw a decline of the western, and “with the decline of the filmic western came the rise of the urban violence film” (Cortés 134). The 1980’s and 90’s saw film after film released portraying gang violence, and the Latino gang film was a “natural crossroads for sex, violence, and ethnicity” (Cortés 135). Some see these Latino gang members “as updated, modern variants of the Mexican bandit type” (Treviño). 1993 brought us the film Mi Vida Loca, which shows us the life of teenage Chicano/a gang members living in Echo Park, focused on the character known as Sad Girl.
“I’ve always thought,’ said Rainsford, ‘that the Cape buffalo is the most dangerous of all big game.’ ‘No you are wrong sir… I hunt more dangerous game.” The book, The Most Dangerous Game written by Richard Connell, is about a stranded big game hunter, Rainsford. Who finds himself on an island where General Zaroff, the owner of the island, hunts humans for sport. A very unusual tale that happened to be popular enough to be composed into a film.
Society is built upon a grand scale of assumptions and misunderstandings, all of which tend to lead us in a path for the worst. There is, however, a remedy for our seemingly infinite list of problems that lead us to war, hate, and unrest. Unfortunately, this remedy is not very likely to be found because we have not been looking in the right places, which happen to be right beneath our noses. You see, we as a society have spent our lives writing books, directing movies, and painting murals, and yet we have overlooked our own genius; Footloose, The Breakfast Club, and Dirty Dancing. These three movies all share a common thread, and it’s not their epic soundtracks and classic ending scenes.
Stereotyping is an issue that affects all ages, genders, and races. Not all stereotypes are bad, but when you maliciously stereotype it becomes a problem. In S.E. Hinton’s young adult novel The Outsiders, stereotyping is a significant issue. There are two gangs in this novel, the “greasers”, and the “Socs”. The greasers live on the east side and are known as “hoods”.
The Youth of Today, we’re not stoned, we’re just really cool. When taking a quick scan over the headlines from the last year, most are lead to believe that today's youth, do drugs, drink, fight and have sex, because they are simply bored. The newspapers are only taking into account the negative things surrounding adolescents, instead of a positive light. The stereotype of teenagers today is quite similar to what is was in the 60s.
The act of stereotyping is assuming that all members of a group have similar knowledge, behaviors, or beliefs simply because they belong to a group. Using stereotypes is one of the most common reasons why countless people are misjudged. It can occur with the person’s knowledge or it can happen subconsciously. Sometimes, in writing, authors will form stereotypes for their characters to fit into. By using a stereotype, it sets a base for the character to build off of and show change.
Harpreet Kalsi: University of Michigan The “jock” is one of the most infamous high school stereotypes, yet it is not far from reality for many high schoolers that play sports. Egos driven from making the team, hearing stadiums cheer their name (even though they are really cheering on the team), and the unavoidable spotlight often make way for an athlete to sometimes become a “jock”. This can happen because of the difference between jocks and athletes; Jocks are associated with ego, popularity, arrogance, and narcissism while athletes connotate drive, determination, humility, and selflessness. So while both play side by side, their characters have grown to be quite different. This is how sports hough high school have influenced me; they have helped me grow and learn humility and purpose.
In the sitcom, Friends, we see a variety of stereotypes. Sitcoms usually aim for using strong stereotypes because they can easily create humor from them. There are three women: Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe. Each of them are characterized as just a few of the stereotypes commonly associated with women.
Specifically, in Edward Scissorhands, the fighting scene where Edward and Jim were in Edward’s attic and in the background, the music was loud and fast to show that it was a fight scene and that someone was going to be hurt or killed. Music changes throughout a movie to capture the mood of a particular scene and to evoke emotion from the audience. In Edward Scissorhands, the suburb is associated with lighthearted music and dark gothic music is associated with Edwards home, the mansion. The lighthearted music gives the audience the illusion that the suburb is happy and safe and the dark and eerie music gives the mansion an illusion of creepiness. Music can also relate to sounds in a movie as sounds can be used to have the audience hear if it will lighten up the mood in a scene or make the scene seem scary and eerie.
The archetypal forms of music were probably drum-based, prelusion instruments being the most easily handy at the time. For an example, rocks and sticks. These plain instruments are thought to have been used in spiritual tradition as representations of wild things. Therefore, many of us do not realized that listening to music really does help a person’s health physically or mentally. In that case, scientist really do recommend us to choose a person’s favorite songs based on a person’s chosen genre and blast the music up anywhere and