Books and Movies Reviews

Elizabeth

Since the 20th Century mankind begins to tell story about human accomplishments through pictures and gives birth to Hollywood.Movies narrate myths and legends, stories of battles and conquest that is based on events that have happened or recent events.In this case, the story is based on an actual person in history, the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth I.Cate Blanchette has the leading role in ELIZABETH and displays the Queen as a heroine.This heroine image grabs many viewer attentions; the movie is nominated for many Academy Awards and in the Golden Globe Awards, Blanchette has won the Best Actress in Drama for her role and has made ELIZABETH popular among some of the 1998s movies.In Robert B. Ray's article, The Thematic Paradigm, Ray talks about the "out law hero" and the "official hero" and the way they appeal to the American imagination.The Queen in the movie fits the American dichotomies and Ray's analysis; Elizabeth embodies the "diametrical opposite traits" and her "two-sided" characteristics do indeed been "designed (by directorShekhar Kapur) to appeal to a collective American imagination…" (Ray, 299)Elizabeth heroic characteristics are a blending of the "outlaw" hero and the "official" hero and presents the historical Queen as the "reluctant hero"; an unruly monarch with an opposing characteristic of a powerful warrior who is also vulnerable to love.
According to Ray's article, in the myth of American culture there is the "traditional dichotomy of individual and community" that generates two kinds of hero: the "outlaw" hero and the "official" hero.These two types of heroes are defined from a dichotomy because their heroic traits oppose one another.First, there is the age difference in which the way they act points out different images.For instance, the outlaw hero is the one who…

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