School Ties Gender Roles

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In the media, masculinity can often portray men to have a darker side, seemingly impeccable people who have key flaws that are only exposed in their persona when they face challenges and difficulties. One example of these types of men is the character Charlie Dillon (Matt Damon), from the film School Ties (1992) directed by Robert Mandel. Using narrative, symbolic and techical elements throughout the film, the audience is positioned to see Charlie Dillon, although spoiled and rich, as society’s perception of an ideal male, whose dark side is exposed as the movie progresses, shown through his cowardess, his fear of failure, and his jealosy of others. As the previous quarterback for the school team, Charlie Dillon shows his dark nature through the…show more content…
Dillon will do anything to impress his parents, and the film constantly depicts scenes where he is trying to do this, for example when Dillon convinces David Greene to give him a run in the football game, saying to Greene that his“ …Father is watching.” During this scene the camera continually switches between shots of Charlie Dillon and his father, highlighting the intense pressure Dillon is in not to disappoint his family. The scene of the football field is also designed to look well kept, expensive and elite, highlighting the high-achieving nature of the people who are there. Right through the film, Dillon wears clothing that emphasises his affluent status, which again shows the connection to his priveleged and exclusive family. Charlie has the pressure of living up to his elitist family on his shoulders, and his fear of failure forms an important part of his character. This fear opens up a doorway to an even deeper, nastier aspect that is very well hidden inside Charlie Dillon, and this is, that he is truly a
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