Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The four temperaments in science fiction and fantasy franchise films: The hero-by-committee phenomenon
by Ashmore, Travis Austin, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2010, 115; 1485474
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigates the use of archetypes of temperament and characterization influential in the creation and success of science fiction and fantasy film franchises. Inclusion of a character from all four temperaments in a hero-by-committee group results in mass audience identification with the character most closely resembling their own personality. The quaternary structure of this heroic group is symbolic of the archetype of the Self toward which humanity strives in the process of individuation.

The Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings Pirates of the Caribbean, and Chronicles of Namia franchises are analyzed for temperamental characterizations in the heroic groups as well as the villains. Potential influences responsible for the hero-by-committee phenomenon are explored as are the current and developing film franchises using a quaternary heroic group.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marienthal, Harold
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Sociology, Film studies
Publication Number: 1485474
ISBN: 978-1-124-12572-5
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