"With great power comes great responsibility": a analysis of villainy, psychology and morality within Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films

Wilmer, Neil (2008) "With great power comes great responsibility": a analysis of villainy, psychology and morality within Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation deals with the three Spider-Man films which have been made to date by director Sam Raimi. I look specifically at concepts surrounding villainy within these films, and will be closely examining three super-villains; The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom. Using a number of sources related to the comic book industry, film theory and genre, psychology and morality I investigate the psychological and moral issues surrounding each character and question how much responsibility each has over his actions. The analysis of each character will also feature some close textual analysis of scenes which are key to the evolution and development of the character. I examine the conflicts which the characters are engaged in, whether the conflict is internal and in their own mind, or external as their physical body is being attacked, and draw conclusions on how this affects their responsibility for and control of their actions within the films. I also look at authorship and the origins of each character in the comic book industry, and question how Sam Raimi has altered or changed elements of each character to fit into his personal vision for each film.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/554

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