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DescriptionIn the movie Spiderman there are various models of semiotics. These models include the Actantial model, the narrative trajectory and the semiotic square. All three models assist in understanding the text. These three models will be analysed through the film Spiderman (Norman meets the Goblin).
In the movie Spiderman there are various models of semiotics. These models include the Actantial model, the narrative trajectory and the semiotic square. All three models assist in understanding the text. These three models will be analysed through the film Spiderman (Norman meets the Goblin).
The Actantial model was developed by A.J Germias in the nineteen sixties,’ the Actantial model focuses on the relative positioning of elements that make up the story’, rather than how the story is told. ( Marsen, 2006, p 70). Actantial model developed by A.J Gerimas allows us to break the action presented in Spiderman into six categories or actants; (1) the subject in this case is Spiderman (Peter Parker). (2) The object is/ are the innocent people of the city (Queens New York city). (3) In Spiderman, there are more than one “senders” the main sender is the death of Peter Parker’s uncle – Ben Parker, the second is Mary Jane the girl that Peter is in love with, and the third are both the police and other innocent civilians that live in the city. (4) The receivers are mainly the innocent civilians, but when we look at the picture closely we see that Spiderman benefits as he in time proves to the city that he is a hero not a menace. We also see that Peter himself benefits as he finds fighting crime closure and he also gets to save Mary Jane numerous times, which results in a passionate kiss from her and love. (5) The helper is the spider. This is because Peter evolves these powers after one of fifteen missing spiders bite him. (6) The opponent is Norman Osborne, the father of peter’s best friend harry. Norman becomes an aggressive goblin after taking part in an experiment of body enhancers for the army, which clearly was not ready to be used on humans.
The narrative trajectory is the second structure that was developed by A.J Gerimas. This structure allows the reader or viewer to break the text into a sequence. This structure is focused on describing what occurs in the story, as a series of events (Marsen, 2006 p 72). The story in this model is divided into four main categories initial situation, qualifying test, decisive test and glorifying test. Initially Peter is a social outcast at school. He constantly dreamt of Mary Jane, the girl next door as well as the girl he loves. He only has one friend, whom has a very successful father. Peter has no family, other than his uncle and auntie. Qualifying test is when Peter gets bitten by the spider. He discovers all the “powers” that he is given. For ...
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