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JAER > Volume 4, Number 2, May 2019

The Construction of Female Images in American Sitcoms ——A Case Study of Friends

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2019.42001

Author(s)
Luo Wei
Affiliation(s)
Film & Television Arts and Culture, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, China
Abstract
In the classical sitcom Friends, female images are constructed to become authentic, vivid and rounded. The portrayal of costume, appearance and other external factors indicates the inherent meaning of each character, allowing for a constant change and development of personality. The female images in the sitcom are both “looking” and “being looked at”, which highlights the multiplicity and richness of female personality. While female characters are derived from real life, the dramatic and conflictive traits enable them to go beyond real life. Based on an analysis on the female images in Friends, this article intends to provide inspirations for character construction in domestic films and TV dramas.
Keywords
Sitcom, Friends, female image.
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