Thursday, September 11, 2014

Story Study: Sympathetic Doesn't Have to Mean Likable

  • Showing vulnerability is key for the audience to connect to the character.  Is usually done when the character is first introduced
  • Power Struggle - when being vulnerable, the character must be shown to not have "status" in the scene
  • The Wife in Rashomon; she is a powerless character who isn't shown to do any redeeming action throughout the film, but we sympathize with her because she was raped
  • Joel from The Last of Us; Screws over humanity to find a cure in order to save a girl for his own selfish needs (who didn't want to be saved), but we sympathize because he was shown as a vulnerable father who lost his daughter at the beginning of the story

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