Title

Mutant Analysis in X-Men: First Class

Presenter Information

Asra Mazhar

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 135

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The standards set forth by society and around the world are characteristics that we demarcate as acceptable. Any deviation that exists from this conventional definition is rejected or marginalized to exclude the individuals that do not fit this template. The X-Men movies are a prime example of the marginalization that takes place in our society. Differences among individuals are the main contribution to diversity; however, when these variances are tested by the judgmental nature of others, marginalization occurs. Although not always apparent, marginalization takes place in many forms including racial, ethnic and gender-based discrimination. In X-Men: First Class, the mutants are victims of this insensitivity. With the daily struggles they face to find acceptance in a cold society, the characters represent the historic battle of discrimination that was once faced in the United States through the battle for civil rights and the gender based discrimination that occurs to this day. As society had once highlighted individual differences, they continue to do so and therefore hinder diversification.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Melissa Johnson

Additional Mentoring Department

English

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Mutant Analysis in X-Men: First Class

SURC 135

The standards set forth by society and around the world are characteristics that we demarcate as acceptable. Any deviation that exists from this conventional definition is rejected or marginalized to exclude the individuals that do not fit this template. The X-Men movies are a prime example of the marginalization that takes place in our society. Differences among individuals are the main contribution to diversity; however, when these variances are tested by the judgmental nature of others, marginalization occurs. Although not always apparent, marginalization takes place in many forms including racial, ethnic and gender-based discrimination. In X-Men: First Class, the mutants are victims of this insensitivity. With the daily struggles they face to find acceptance in a cold society, the characters represent the historic battle of discrimination that was once faced in the United States through the battle for civil rights and the gender based discrimination that occurs to this day. As society had once highlighted individual differences, they continue to do so and therefore hinder diversification.