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Between Words and Gender: A Linguistic Appraisal of Mel Medarda in Arcane
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the animated series, Arcane, with a particular emphasis on the character ofMel and her linguistic strategies in navigating intricate gender dynamics. Centered on theconcept of appraisal analysis, the study reveals how Mel’s dialogue not only serves as a narrative device but also challenges traditional gender norms. Using a linguistics-centric methodology, thepaper elucidates how Mel’s language — saturated with judgment, appreciation, and affect —offers a lens into the series’ multifaceted exploration of femininity, power structures, and personal agency. The research methods encompass a character-focused perspective, linguistic analysis, thematic coding and QR codes. Key findings spotlight Arcane’s prowess in portraying female characters who wield power gracefully, exhibit emotions without portraying them as vulnerabilities, and participate in a wide spectrum of relationships. Such portrayals actively defy gender conventions, showcasing women with depth and complexity in storytelling. However,while lauding the series for its progressive portrayal, the paper also acknowledges the careful balance required to ensure that character depth does not unintentionally fall into superficial ortrope-laden pitfalls. In conclusion, Arcane serves as a captivating piece of entertainment and anotable reference in the discussion of gender representation, reinforcing the power of media in molding societal perspectives on gender dynamics. 

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2023. , p. 46
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Arcane, Mel, gender representation, linguistic analysis, appraisal theory, agency, power dynamics, gender, norms, media, stereotypes, tropes.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21159Local ID: EXE400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21159DiVA, id: diva2:1825328
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Available from: 2024-02-16 Created: 2024-01-09 Last updated: 2024-02-16Bibliographically approved

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