Presentation Title

Entertainment And Redemption: A Fantasy Critique Of The Wrestler

Presenter Information

Robert Cayes

Mentor

Jeff Halford

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 102

Abstract

The 2008 movie The Wrester, directed by Darren Aronofsky, uncovered the dark world of entertainment that many of us are not familiar with, specifically in the sport of professional wrestling. In order to examine the director's motivation to create this movie, the researchers used the fantasy theme critique method. This method involves examining how the director of the movie uses the character themes, entertainment and redemption; the setting themes, past and present; and the actions of the character themes to paint a rhetorical vision. The analysis reveals the director’s rhetorical vision, which includes showing the hidden struggles of people in the entertainment world, the dichotomy that exists in the act of redeeming oneself, and the struggle between a healthy work-life balance.

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Entertainment And Redemption: A Fantasy Critique Of The Wrestler

David F. Putnam Science Center - 102

The 2008 movie The Wrester, directed by Darren Aronofsky, uncovered the dark world of entertainment that many of us are not familiar with, specifically in the sport of professional wrestling. In order to examine the director's motivation to create this movie, the researchers used the fantasy theme critique method. This method involves examining how the director of the movie uses the character themes, entertainment and redemption; the setting themes, past and present; and the actions of the character themes to paint a rhetorical vision. The analysis reveals the director’s rhetorical vision, which includes showing the hidden struggles of people in the entertainment world, the dichotomy that exists in the act of redeeming oneself, and the struggle between a healthy work-life balance.