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Distorted Reflections: Gender and Horror in ‘Black Swan’

Journal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.9, No. 2)

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Page : 085-088

Keywords : gender; horror; Black Swan; femininity; perfection;

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In Black Swan, the themes of gender and horror are intricately woven into the fabric of the narrative. The film delves into the psychological nuances of its protagonist, Nina, as she navigates the demands of her art and the pressures of perfection. The exploration of gender identity and the inherent horror within the competitive world of ballet converge to create a compelling and thought-provoking cinematic experience. This paper aims to dissect the manifestations of gender dynamics and horror elements within the film, shedding light on their significance in shaping the narrative and character development. The analysis will encompass the contemporary ballet, femininity, Irigarayan horror, character interactions, and overarching themes that contribute to the film's exploration of gender and horror. By examining these aspects, this study seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances present in “Black Swan” while also showcasing the film's prowess in challenging traditional tropes and expectations within the realm of both gender representation and horror storytelling.

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