Posts Tagged With tropes

Jesus and Christian Tropes

Basis This original encaustic painting, titled “Christ Pantocrator”, was first completed in the 6th-century, will be the basis of the following interpretations. The painting depicts Jesus as the Christ in a classical Byzantine style, which often aims to capture the duality of Jesus as a figure of both divine and human nature. Many metonymic tropes…

Bananas

Bananas have long been a fascination in pop culture for their bright, distinctive appearance and their ubiquity for Western consumers. They have been utilized in all kinds of lighthearted media as cartoon characters and comedic symbols. They have also often been used in propaganda, advertisements, and arts to represent sexual metaphors and exoticism. The main…

Mother Knows Best

 The trope I have chosen is Mother. A mother represents an individual’s female parent who ultimately helps protect you and gives you life. This can be shown in the example above. However, in these next three examples shown below, a mother will be represented or perceived in a new way based on what is being…

Stars and Stripes

Stars and stripes have represented the united states in many different media forms. Sometimes being portrayed as a positive symbol provoking patriotism, while other times being used as a negative symbol to show other perspectives on America’s actions. The examples I picked that depict this trope show how different forms of media and locations portrayed…

The Snake in Media

Throughout the media, snakes have been portrayed as a notorious creature with bad connotations. The earliest connotation we saw with this trope originated from the bible where the snake led Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden apple. With its long and venomous teeth on top of the implication of greed and temptation, we began…

The Stereotyping of Asians in American Media

Asians in American popular culture and media have been subjected under-representation, and when rarely an appearance is made, it is often unfairly stereotyped and marginalized. These prejudices can trace their roots back to the Yellow Terror starting in the late 19th century. It must be acknowledged that a perception of the “Other” is experienced in…

The Cowgirl Trope

A widely popular trope utilized and seen across mostly western media is the cowgirl trope. This trope is unique in the sense that it portrays women in a more strong and powerful way than most tropes involving women in the media’s history. The cowgirl persona is known for being a skilled shooter and rider, and…

Asian Stereotypes

Asian Americans have been presented in a variety of manners over the past several decades – from bookworms who obsess over their grades, luxury-brand obsessed business moguls, to submissive individuals who are often pushed to the background, Asian-Americans face heavy stereotypes that have become relevant in mainstream media. Despite the array of interpretations, many fail…

Tropes: The Noble Savage

The trope is The Noble Savage. In the 3 examples that follow the baseline for the Noble Savage stereotype shown below, the noble savage stereotype represents the American Indian who is lives in harmony with the natural world. He is primitive and untouched by the world of the civilized human. More often than not, Noble…

The American Flag Stars and Stripes

For this assignment, the trope I have chosen to discuss is the “American flag/ Stars and Stripes” motif. The symbol of the American flag certainly carries a lot of baggage with it, considering both the roles that the nation currently plays and has historically played in global affairs, as well as the near-constant political turmoil…

The Stars and Stripes

For my trope, I decided on the flag of the United States. This one I feel is especially relevant given the current tensions and situations that are occurring in our country. At the center of much of the imagery, the flag has played a key role in representing the ideals of all sides of the…

Tropes: Nurses

Nurses  Whether it is guardian on the battlefront, or vixen in the emergency room, the representation of the nurse has changed and developed over time to reflect the different ideas of nurses, like gender roles and norms, as well as healthcare and medicine.   Cigarette Advertisement  Here is an advertisement from 1932 for Camel cigarettes featuring a nurse. The very…