General Media Studies : representations of women

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Film : Lara Croft

Lara Croft is a character originally derived from the playstation game "Tombraider", this was published by Eidos and disigned by "Core Design". It was when made into two films, "Lara Croft Tombraider" and "Tombraider The Cradle Of Life". The title is pretty self explanatory in that it is about a tombraider called Lara Croft, who is a tough, independent woman who knows how to take care of herself, however she is also beautiful and irresistible to men. Lara Croft is represented as the kind of woman whom most real life women want to be; fiery, full of life and strong minded.

T.V Cartoons : Marge Simpson

This cartoon is called "The Simpsons" it is a comical representation of everyday life. Marge Simpson is seen as the steriotypical housewife, who doesn't have a job, stays at home and looks after three kids, this representation is made very funny and would probably fall into the genre category of adult humour.

Marge is a very high strung person, however she always seems to keep her cool and be the sensible one of the family and always looks out and cares for them, she is a very loving, caring, person who keeps her family together.

Books : Not Without My Daughter + Take These Broken Wings

"Not Without My Daughter" is written by Betty Mahmoody, it is about a woman and her daughter who go to their husbands home country of Iran where they are beaten raped and trapped, however against all the hardships and against all the odds they manage to escape from her evil husband. This woman is a strong independent woman who triumphs over hardship against all the odds. "Take these broken wings" is written by Lynn Andrews, this story is very similar to the...