Revealing the Horror of Capitalism Through Monstrous Narratives in Jordan Peele’s Us (2019)
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- Capitalism; Class Issues; Gender; Ideology; Monstrous Narratives
Contemporary horror films often incorporate monstrous and chaotic narratives that reflect wider cultural and political conditions. This article examines how elements of monstrosity in the film Us (2019) resonates with working-class anxieties persisting under a capitalistic society. The theory of Marxism with feminist approach is used to uncover the relations between capitalism and the oppression of women conveyed by the film. Considering horror films often present complex female characters to tell their stories of resistance against the dominant rule, this research also looks at how the capitalist patriarchy locates marginalized women and their struggles. The method used is a textual analysis by looking into narrative and cinematographic elements of the film Us (2019) to investigate how the film presents the influences of capitalism through monstrous narratives. The findings of this research show that the visualization of monstrous acts and images are used to dramatize the effects of capitalism that are most violent among the lower, working-class.
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TY - CONF AU - Amira Jati Sari AU - Shuri Mariasih Gietty Tambunan PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/21 TI - Revealing the Horror of Capitalism Through Monstrous Narratives in Jordan Peele’s Us (2019) BT - Proceedings of the International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020 (INUSHARTS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 14 EP - 24 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211110.003 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211110.003 ID - Sari2021 ER -