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Fusion: The Flexible Metaphor in Steven Universe
Examining the dynamics of Fusion in the world of Steven Universe and how it’s flexible in multiple meanings by Sugar’s creative world-building application of variety of "kinds" of fusion and its undertones.
How World Building in Steven Universe is Framed Through The Lens of a Child
In the Cartoon Network production Steven Universe, creator Rebecca Sugar deliberately focuses on the child protagonist Steven as through what Steven learns (or does not take notice of), the audience can gather the hints of the backstory, motives, and origins of the gems.
The "Running Gag" of Antagonists' Families in Rick and Morty
It seems to be a prevailing joke in Rick and Morty that the often-alien antagonists frequently have domestic families and lives that even humanize these supposed antagonists. Even the Freddy Kuger-esque dreamscape killer has a quaint domestic life.
In some ways, it also reminds us that these creatures have stakes too. It parallels in some way to Rick’s family man status. Rick, though a sociopathic, self-centered scientist, is also a family man. How does the existence of their domestic lives ultimately cement how chaotic and complex the multi-verse is and mirror upon Rick’s domestic life?
In Bruges: Harry, Ray, Ken as Schillian archetypes
In Martin McDonagh’s action-tragicomedy film "In Bruges," the assassin Harry represents the overbearing State-figure that philosopher Friedrich Schiller warns about in his Fourth Letter in "On the Aesthetic Education of Man." Harry’s employees, Ray and Ken, are "The Man," subjected to Harry’s authority. How does the movie express these characters as Schillian archetypes?
Open your Valve, Ignatius: A Confederacy of Dunces and the function of the valve
Ignatius Reilly of the late Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces is one of the most mercilessly disgusting, crude protagonists in literature in his words and his public display of impolite bodily functions such as belching. The mention of his pyloric valve is a special motif, sometimes inconveniencing the protagonist with its pain.
How does Toole use Ignatius’s digestive function and the function of the valve to convey how Ignatius preaches his blasphemous and pretentious ideas.
Riley's Consciousness of the Irreversibility of Time in Inside Out
In Pete Docter’s Inside Out (2015), Bing Bong woefully watches his "rocket" fall into the dump and laments, "Once we traveled back in time. We had breakfast twice that day." Though seeming to be a throwaway remark at first, the line is more resonate due to the imagined subject of time travel alluded to there.
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Ascension as Proportional to Restriction in Studio Ghibli's Princess Kaguya
In Isao Tahakata’s Princess Kaguya, the heroine undergoes a process of ascension in the form of her class status (and later, perhaps spirituality) and suffers the restrictions of Japanese mores in upper-class life.
Kuvira's Single Deep Breath in the Legend of Korra
One of the most chilling ending shots in the Legend of Korra is the scene of Kuvira, the Book 4 antagonist, taking a single deep breath after essentially sacrificing her betrothed to a deadly gunfire. This article analyzes how within a single breath Kuvira’s intricacies are revealed.
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