The film sequence I have chosen to analyse is the scene directly after Sky and SarahÃÂs trip to Havana.
ÃÂGuys and DollsÃÂ is a hybrid of genres including gangster, musical and romance. It has elements of three different story types ÃÂ Romeo and Juliet because of the relationships between Sky Masterson & Sarah Brown and Nathan Detroit & Adelaide, Cinderella because of AdelaideÃÂs ÃÂdream come trueÃÂ wedding to Nathan , and Faust because of the bet between Nathan and Sky.
In this scene there are five separate settings, Broadway ÃÂ which is a common setting in the musical genre, the sewer and the ÃÂSave a SoulÃÂ mission ÃÂ which could be seen as representing the binary opposition in this sequence (good vs. evil). The sewer is underground, a cultural code giving connotations of hell and the devil, and the mission is a religious place to help ÃÂsinnersÃÂ.
The other settings in this sequence are Havana, Cuba, which is a romantic setting, and a bar.
The bar is another conventional setting for each of the gangster, musical and romance genres.
According to ProppÃÂs theory, Sky Masterson could be seen as the hero. It is his quest to take Sarah Brown to Havana to win the bet and the $1000. SkyÃÂs quest serves as a hermeneutic as the audience asks whether Sky will fulfill his part of the bet. Nathan Detroit can be seen as the dispatcher, as his is the character who sends the hero on his quest. Sarah Brown and Adelaide are seen as the princess characters of the film, as they are the eventual prize for both the hero and dispatcher. Uncle Arvide or Lieutenant Brannigan could be seen as the Proppian ÃÂkingÃÂ figure, as they both ÃÂgive awayÃÂ the princesses to the hero and dispatcher at the...