Posts Tagged With Media Tropes

The Goth Trope

Many people’s first if not only introduction to the goth subculture is through popular media. While it can be exciting for the subculture to receive any recognition, the representation is often stereotypical and stigmatized. There are a few ways that goths are usually portrayed in pop culture, so I have compiled three examples that portray…

The Rat Trope in Media

In this example from Ephriam S. Well’s Rough on Rats (1886) advertisement, the trope of a rat represents death, impurity, racism, and eradication. There is a large dead rat at the top of the image and a very stereotypical and racist depiction of an Asian man eating the rat. This imagery is based on anti-asian sentiments…

The Damsel in Distress

The Damsel in Distress is a classic media trope that has been consistently present in books, films, and advertisements since its origin, which can be traced back to the medieval era. The term evolved from the French phrase demoiselle en détresse, and alludes to the medieval power structure that considered the protection of women as…

Housewife

     Tropes are used in the media to depict a person or thing in a way that is universally understood. Many times, a trope correlates to a certain stereotype, such as the dumb blonde, the hardworking husband, or the corrupt boss. Tropes are used in all forms of media, as characters and symbols that…

Mona Lisa Looks a Little Funny

Mona Lisa Looks a Little Funny- Mona Lisa Tropes (news.artnet.com/exhibitions/mona-lisa-leonardos-lover-salai-479783) Shown above is the original painting of Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world. “It was painted sometime between 1503 and 1519, when Leonardo De Vinci was living in Florence, and it now hangs in the Louvre, in Paris, where it…