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Buffy Essay

Buffy Essay

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Introduction
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BTVS) is an American television series that aired from March10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-directorJossWhedonunder his production,Mutant Enemy Productionswith co-executive producers beingJane Espenson,David Fury,David Greenwalt,Doug Petrie,Marti Noxonand David Solomon. The series narrative follows Buffy Summers(played bySarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as "Vampire Slayers" or simply "Slayers". In thestory, Slayers are "called" (chosen byfate) to battle againstvampires,demons, and other forces of darkness. Like previousSlayers, Buffy is aided by aWatcher, who guides, teaches, and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle ofloyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang".The series is ironically set in Sunnydale California.The show became famous for it’s plot, characters and music. It has a huge cult followingincluding books about the show and its language. Several lectures have taken place inUniversities such as Oxford
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.Through the seven seasons of BTVS, Buffy Summers has four love interests. Angel (Avampire cursed with a soul), Parker (A fellow college student), Riley (A TA for psychology101 but also a undercover government solider) and Spike (A vampire turned docilebecause of a government chip.) Throughout my research i will be looking into three ofthese relationships; Angel, Riley and Spike.Another part of BTVS is the many metaphors incorporated into each episode. The mainmetaphor being when Buffy first sleeps with Angel and looses her virginity, Angel loses hissoul (because he achieved one moment of true happiness ‘positive reinforcement’
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andturns evil. Also in the episode ‘Beer Bad’
Buffy is upset over Parker and gets drunk (onmystical beer), the metaphor behind the episode is how beer makes you feel, such as itaffects your reactions and emotions. Rational thinking goes out the window and moreprimal urges take over.
I have chosen this investigation because it’s something I will find researching into veryinteresting. I will look how ‘male and female writers represent reality differently.’ I will bedoing this through the genre of love, and the social aspect. I will look at each writer in turnand see how their male and female characters represent and portray love.The way that men and women talk is very different. I want to find out focusing on onefemale character (Buffy) if the three writers of the show change her language or keep it thesame. For instance does the male writer (Doug) make Buffy’s language stereotypical for afemale for instance using tag questions.
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Slayer Slang' by Michael Adams1
 
Hypothesis“How do male & female writers of the same television show use language to portray love,through male and female characters.Robin Lakoff depicted a typical female speech style, characterized by the use of featuressuch as hedges, qualifiers, tag questions, empty adjectives, which she asserted to have acommon function: to weaken or mitigate the force of an utterance. Thus tag questions "areassociated with a desire for confirmation or approval which signals a lack of self-confidence in the speaker."
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Females seem to talk more about relationships than males
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and use more complimentsand apologies
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and facilitative tag questions
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. It has been argued however
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that the use offacilitative tag questions by women might be more plausibly interpreted as signs ofconversational control than as signs of subordination, as had been previously contended.
2http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000873.html3 Aries & Johnson 1983; Tannen 19904 Holmes 1988; Holmes 19895 Holmes 19846 Cameron et al 19882
 
Methodology
I will look at nine different episodes of my chosen American television show “Buffy TheVampire Slayer” which is a show written by several talented writers, such as the three I willbe looking at; Joss Wedon, Marti Noxon and Doug Petrie. It will be interesting to see howthe above writers tie language and love through their leading characters who are Buffy,Angel, Spike and Riley.The data I have collected consists of nine different transcripts of nine episodes. Threeepisodes per writer.Joss Wedon - Male FeministIs an American Screenwriter, Executive Producer, Director, Composer and Actor. He is thecreator and show-runner of BTVS. He is also known as a feminist, which is a commontheme on BTVS.1st Episode - Innocence “Season 2, Episode 14”Summary - This episode is the 2nd part to ‘Surprise’ starts just after Buffy loses hervirginity to Angel, the curse the Gypsy’s put on him, is lifted and he looses his soul, thusbecoming evil once again.2nd Episode - Amends “Season 3, Episode 10Summary - This episode happens around christmas, Angel is being tormented by visionsof people he has murdered in his past, which turns out to be the work of ‘the first evil’ he isso traumatized he tries to kill himself.3rd Episode - Chosen “Season 7, Episode 22”Summary - Is the final episode of BTVS, Buffy is currently having a relationship with Spikebut Angel turns up last minute and they share a kiss, which spike witnesses.Marti Noxon - FemaleIs an American television and film writer.4th Episode - Surprise “Season 2, Episode 13”Summary - It’s Buffy’s 16th birthday and has a surprise birthday party, but the ‘big bads’are causing trouble which leads to Buffy and Angel being chased through the sewers andfinally ending up safely and Angels place, which leads to Buffy loosing her virginity.5th Episode - The prom “Season 3, Episode 20”Summary - It’s Buffy’s high school prom, before their graduation. Angel breaks up withBuffy and tells her after the big fight he is leaving town.6th Episode - Into the woods “Season 5, Episode 10”Summary - Buffy discovers her boyfriend Riley has been partaking in a fetish of beingbitten by vampire prostitutes. They argue and he tells her he’s leaving, she tries to go tostop him, but it’s to late.
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