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Everyone has an understanding of themselves and their world due to the historical cultural and social formation These three fields are what bring together the concepts of genre intertextuality and discourse Genre is recognised paradigmatic sets into a given medium film television and books which is classified OSullivan et al 1994127 Genre can be blurred due to meaning that cannot be confined to single words sentences or particular texts but is the outcome of relationships between texts that is intertextuality Poster 198918 The final concept which will be explored is discourse which was developed by Michel Foucault The term refers to the recurring statements that define a particular cultural object Cavallaro 200190 These three concepts can be explored through the text Gods and Monsters and be used to find how they work together to generate meaning Two main discourses which generate meaning are mortality and masculinity these will be explored in conjunction with the concepts of genre and intertextuality Gods and Monsters is based on a book by Christopher Bram Father of Frankenstein The movie is about the director James Whale who made films such as Frankenstein 1931 and Bride of Frankenstein 1935 The film focuses on the final weeks of Whales life played by Ian McKellen Whale is seen as a openly homosexual man who is suffering from many health problems and also suffering from stroke Through out the film you see that Whale is mentally unstable he continually has flashbacks and hallucinations Whale is looking for someone who will become his black angel Bronski 1999 This happens to be Clayton Boone Brenden Fraser a working-class ex-marine Bronski 19991 who is young and who is also homophobic Whale provokes him through talks on his sexuality yet he finds that he could not create his monster Therefore Whale takes responsibility for his own death and commits suicide by drowning himself in his pool This film is very complex and has used many ways to
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