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Jessica Mudd

Ashlyn Williams
UWRT 1103
October 27, 2014

Assignment Two
Women: The Fight for a Voice in Society

Background Information
In the creation of Jerry Bruckheimers Pirates of the Caribbean he includes very strong
female roles, roles that are very uncommon for the time period in which his movies take place.
The role of women in the mid-1800s was very male influenced as they were forced to mainly do
house work and take care of the family. However, Jerry Bruckheimer decided to take these
common ideals for women in society and create a character that would branch out from these
forced roles. Elizabeth would become the brave female role that starts as a wealthy British house
wife, being forced to marry the Commodore for money. She later evolves into a member of a
pirate crew, and eventually would become Captain and King of the Brethren Court. The
transition from her life being led by the rules of man, to leading groups of men would show Jerry
Bruckheimers ideas to show a female role as a lead role in society.

Topic Proposal
This movie series touches on the roles of women in Early Britain and the ways in which
women began to break away from common ideals of society. I will discuss the ways that women
were able to challenge the rules of man to create equality in society, and how the media through
time has targeted all audiences to create a large influence on the way we as a society see women.

A Young girl named Elizabeth, captivated by the beauty of the sea, stands staring out into
the vast ocean aboard a grand, Royal Navy vessel. She stands wide eyed and begins to remember
mythical stories her father had told her as an infant about his brave adventures with pirates. At
the end of the opening scene a final gaze into the distance shows a large, black sailed, pirate ship.
There is an eerie gaze surrounding the ship and as it rides off into the distance. The story begins
with Elizabeths realization that there are other communities out there besides her known life and
role in Port Royal. She finds that there is adventure and trouble lurking in the waters of the
Caribbean and she is intrigued by these ideas. Elizabeth gets a taste of fear and adventure and
realizes that there is more to aspire to than the role she is assigned to society. She is expected to
live a life of the Governors daughter, to be a role model to the less fortunate members of
society, and to make her father look like he has raised a well-rounded lady. However, Elizabeth
seeks adventure; she is not the kind of girl to be placed under restrictions for her own life. She

constantly challenges her role in society, by willingly going captive aboard Captain Barbosas
ship to save Port Royal from being attacked and overcome by pirates. She also is not willing to
follow the rules that women are expected to keep their crude thoughts to themselves, in the
beginning of the first film she tells William that she has dreams about him and when they first
met. This is not a proper behavior for women in Port Royal in the mid-1800s. Elizabeth
continually tries to take lead of situations and offers her opinion whenever she feels it is
necessary. A women like Elizabeth in Port Royal in this time period would have been punished
with being deemed an adulterer, possibly sentenced to jail time for challenging the rules of man
in the community, and would have been considered socially unacceptable for her opinionated
and impulsive behaviors.
Throughout the first film we are seeing the storyline from Elizabeths point of view.
Being a young women in Britain during this time period, Elizabeth was expected to behave, and
dress a certain way. The story takes this idea of women in early Britain and portrays Elizabeth as
the rebel to the stereotypes of the time period. She takes on a brave, leadership role throughout
the film and challenges the roles of men in multiple communities. As the films progress it is
apparent that Elizabeths role in society changes as well. She evolves as a character from the first
film to the third film in the series. In the first movie she is presented as a High Class young
lady. It is obvious that she was raised to live under certain standards for women in the time
period, her wardrobe and her feminine edicate are two great examples of a typical wealthy lady
in Old England. Throughout the movie Elizabeth is introduced to different communities within
the Caribbean. She is brave enough to go captive with members of a pirate crew in order to
bargain with the Captain to free Port Royal from the attack. She begins to see how other people
live throughout the Mid-Atlantic in this time period and slowly breaks away from her society
depicted role. By the third movie Elizabeth has become fully involved in the pirate community
and is an active part of Captain Barbosa and Captain Jacks crew. She is obviously a character of
power by this movie; she becomes independent and no longer follows the commands of men in
any community. She has a voice and expresses her own opinions and ideas just as a man of
power would. A women in Port Royal in the mid-1800 is supposed to follow the rules of men,
cook, clean, and tend to the family and the household. Never should a women express any of
their own emotions, and they must have proper edicate. As Elizabeth evolves from being a
women of society to becoming the Pirate King she breaks away from any and all of these ideals.
She takes situations into her own hands, she plots, steals and lies just like any other pirate within
the crew.
Jerry Bruckheimers Idea of using Elizabeth Swan as a symbol for women and the roles
of women in the time period is a popular topic that we still see in our own society today. The role
of women and female rights is an ongoing source of debate and changing ideas. Before we look
at the topic of evolution of the roles of women through time, it is important that I identify my
position on this topic. Being a women of modern day society I am interested with the character
Elizabeth, and what the roles of women were like in previous times. I like to think that I am a
very independent women. When I see a character like Elizabeth, it is easy for me to identify
myself to them. I begin to look for similarities between Elizabeths beliefs for roles of women in
society to my own; I look for similar ideas that can connect my way of thinking to hers. She

became a role model to me in this movies series; when I was first introduced to The Pirates of
the Caribbean series she was a leading factor in my growing obsession. I loved the way she
could freely say whatever was on her mind. Seeing her evolve into a very independent leadership
role shows me that some women who were forced to live to ideal standards could break free
from their assigned roles in society. Women have always touched on the subjects that Jerry
Bruckheimer addresses through Elizabeth in the movie series. Women have expressed their
opinions on being expected to dress and act a certain way under the rule of man for years. It has
been an ongoing matter as society evolves that women have always been expected to play the
inferior role to men and arent expected to support themselves or their families. That was always
the role of the man, women were looked down on as the house wives that werent capable of
playing a leadership role. Jerry Bruckheimer uses Elizabeth to show a feminist role; her role
expresses a women who started under the rule of man and became a leader over all men in her
community. He took a common perception of a young women living in England and turned her
into the leasing role that no women was ever expected to have. This sparks a debate on the ever
changing roles of women through our history to today. Women have taken remarkable steps
towards equality to men in everyday society. The subject that I will touch on is ever changing
and provokes continual research and ideas of women as todays society changes.

Review of Relevant Literature

While gathering my sources there were many different themes in my research that
surfaced about ideas that can be found in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. The movie series
touches on a wide variety of ideas about life in the mid-Atlantic during the 1800s and how piracy
and gender influenced the roles of people in society. The themes I found in my research were,
gender and fashion influence on society in Early Britain, Relationships between characters in the
Pirates of the Caribbean series, the relation between Piracy and Early England, and the roles of
pirates in the mid-1800s. A theme that has been prevalent in our society since the early 1700s is
the idea of dominance, a sense of power and glory.
Early British society gender and fashion played huge roles in who had power, and who
was un-fit to have a dominant role in society.(Wiesner, M. (2000). Women and Gender in
Early Modern Europe). These ideas came from a long standing monarchy of the royal household
of early Britain. The role of all people in society was to serve the crown, whether it be men,
women, or children, meaning that the King had the power over everyone in society. It was the
King who allowed for a dominate role in early Britain. He passed legislation stating that men
have the power to work, provide, and assert dominance over the women in society. These ideas
became a part of everyday life in early Britain; women were forced to be looked at as a puppet
for the men constantly manipulating their strings. Men became so accustomed to treating women
this way that important male figures in a given society would form alliances to make sure the rest
of society was following the laws depicted by the king and following orders of superiors.
The idea of a separated society between different genders presented a weakness for early
Britain. Women and men were of separate roles and this made strength in numbers and
government weaker. Although men were running society, it was easy to lose half the populations
numbers because women could potentially rebel and refuse to follow the laws of man. In terms

of invaders, such as pirates, it was important for Britain to be a power house. Raids would
require the entirety of the population to defend the crown. (Williams, J. (n.d.). Pirates and
Power. Retrieved January 1, 2013). Throughout history it has become a re-occurring idea that if
you are a wealthy, male figure in society you have authority over others. This was the idea in
early British society, if you were part of the dominant male gender you had power; if you were a
wealthy individual in society you had power. (Shapiro, S. (2004, January 1). Sex, Gender, and
Fashion in Medieval and Early Modern Britain). The ideas of Masculinity and effeminacy
were very dominate in Early Britain. Women were expected to represent the feminine figure in
society, it was considered unacceptable for a women to wear pants, she their knees, or if you
were a women of wealth in was unacceptable not to wear a fitted corset with your dress. The idea
from a male point of view was that women were the possession of the male in the household.
They were the ones who set the limitations for the women of their own homes, wives were often
thought of as no more than a males centerpiece for a seemingly perfect home life.
These ideals were enforced and not many individuals questioned them, citizens let these
ideals come about as the society developed. But what about those who thought these ideals were
the unfair and full of crap. Although my sources touched directly on the roles of women in
early British society they failed to mention how women challenged the roles placed on them in
society. Most women in society were set apart from the start as being worth no more than their
ability to cook and clean. What a degrading role that was. Unfortunately it was a rare event when
a women would actually defend her rights to be an equal citizen in society. However, it did
occasionally happen. Women would challenge the roles of men in society by striking, going into
the work field undercover as men, and forming societies that shared the same goal of equality
among men and women.

Entering the Conversation

The idea of women coming to power has been a popular topic for TV, movies, and stories
since the early 1800s when women first began to challenge these rules. Jerry Bruckheimers
Pirates of the Caribbean is a great example of a movie that takes a common role of a women and
changes her into a leader, and a hero. He creates a sense of a bad ass women with his character
Elizabeth, by creating her to be a bold, witty character who says exactly what comes to her mind
no matter the consequences. Although, women were seen as incapable of playing a lead role in
society, Elizabeth, provides a great example of a women with a strong will to change the ideals
of women in Early Britain. Elizabeth joins a pirate crew and breaks away from her common life
as a house wife in Port Royal; she learns the trades and tricks of the pirate crews around the midAtlantic and makes her way to becoming a Captain of her own crew. She uses her intuition as an
asset and slowly puts her own opinions and ideals into the pirate community. She is then elected
as King of the Brethren Court, a well-known pirate association that makes the rules of the pirate
This is an important idea that Jerry Bruckheimer addresses because as we look at todays
society we can see that women have the same rights as men. They go to work, pay the bills,
provide for the family, run for Office, are elected in Government, and so much more that would
have been considered an outrage in times like early Britain in the 1800s. Jerry Bruckheimer

addresses the character Elizabeth to remind the audience of the past and show how society has
made great strides for equality among the population as a whole. In his film series you can
clearly see the similarities and differences between women in the mid-1800s and women in
todays society. Women still are often times looked over when addressing their opinions on
topics when they are ideas that challenge a mans opinion. On the other hand, women arent held
to such harsh depictions, such as Elizabeth, being forced to wear dresses below the knees,
addressing people as sir, or madam, and not being able to express true emotion in a public
Social media today has created more and more works with strong female leading roles.
The inclusion of a powerful women role interests both men and women in todays society. Men
find it hot when a women plays a lead role and shows independence, making them more
desirable and mysterious, like a challenge. Women see a strong female role as a role model for
their own lives, they have a desire to be like the women they see and read about in media being
leaders today. We can see the idea of women challenging their given roles in society through
many different forms of media. The movie Shes the Man, by Andy Fickman and the Disney
movie Mulan are perfect examples of stories with the idea of females taking on lead roles. The
popular Disney movie Mulan features a young Chinese women who doesnt want to see her
elderly, wounded father be drafted into the war. She knows that if her father goes off to fight
again that there is a good chance he may die. She takes matters into her own hands and becomes
the lead role in the movie when she joins the army illegally, in the place of her father. She cuts
all her hair off and steals all her fathers army gear to head off to war. Women in China were not
allowed to fight in the army, she went to defend her father anyways. This shows a great example
of one of the many ways women challenged their roles in society, they took the place of men
undercover and showed their own strengths proving that they were just as useful as men and
should be treated as equals. In the movie Shes the Man, by Andy Fickman, Viola Hastings lives
in a family that has high expectations of her becoming a well rounded lady. Her mother desires
for her to become a debutant and a pageant queen; However, Viola wants to play professional
soccer. After the girls soccer team and her school gets cut for more funding towards the guys
team, she goes to college in her brothers place to prove that she has the same skill level as the
college boys soccer team. Viola cuts all her hair off and disguises herself as her brother, when
she makes the team and wins the championship game for the college her coach re-considers
cutting the girls team.
The media today shifts our ways of thinking and interpreting the roles of women in
modern society. These examples show that the idea of changing the roles of women in society
target not only older audiences but our societys youth and children. Mulan is a popular
childrens movie and Shes the Man targets a teen audience; media takes these ideas and puts
them into a younger targeted populations to bring about gradual growth through time of these
ideas. Today we view men and women more as equal members of society then we did back
before media and groups of women challenged the idea that men were the dominate species. It is
less common to see a women have to fight for her rights to society today. The sources in my
research mention how women were expected to act and what roles they played to society then
verses now, but they never mentioned how we as a female society got from point A to point B.

Susan B. Anthony was one of the greatest influences to womens rights throughout American
history. She played a huge role in the Womens suffrage movement in 1852, it was Susan who
lectured across the country and defended her position on the importance of womens rights to
vote. Despite being abused and opposed by a large deal of the population, she stood up for
herself and every other women in the nation who wanted equality among men and women.
Shortly after her efforts and campaigning, the congress would reveal the passing of one of the
most important amendments in U.S history. The U.S. would vote on the passing of the 19th
amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote.
Although there has been great significant change in the way women are viewed in society
today verses back in the early 1700-1800s, there is still a great deal of male influence over the
female population. In Jerry Bruckheimers Pirates of the Caribbean move series, he includes the
ideas of female change from the time period he set his movies in, to todays society. His
reasoning for doing so was to show the audiences in todays society how the roles of women
have changed from early British civilization to modern day. In the time period the movies were
set in it was looked down upon for women to have any authority in society. Because it was so
common for men chose the roles of women in society women began let this unfair authority go
unnoticed. Women had become used to the roles that they were expected to play in society, even
though they were being set unequal to men. Rarely would women challenge dominate male roles
in society. When women would stand up for their rights they became heroes; Elizabeth became a
hero in Jerry Bruckheimers Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. The purpose of showing a
strong female role in the movie was to explain to the audience the roles of women in the mid1800s verses the role of women in society in 2003. The same roles of women that we see today
were very different from the roles that were expected of women in the mid-1800s. Women were
forced to do house labor and were expected to act a certain way, clearly through time something
had to trigger the change that would gradually evolve the way society saw women. What the
sources in my research fail to mention is that it was the influence of strong women, like Jerry
Bruckheimers character, Elizabeth Swan, that would change the ideals of women in society. In
2003 women were thought of as having a more equal role to men then would have been present
in the time period that Elizabeth lived in in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Throughout the
evolution of womens roles in society from the mid-1800s to 2003 there has been an easily
distinguished change, and from 2003 to today in 2014 we have seen even more change in
womens roles in society. In the past couple of years we have seen women run for congress,
president, and take on lead roles in society that would have been completely unacceptable in the
time period the Pirates of the Caribbean was set in.

Womens roles in society has been a popular topic through history as we look back on
life from the mid-1800 to our present day lives. Women have been portrayed as inferior to men
in the past, and these ideals still exist in todays society. Their roles to society being summarized
as caretakers, in charge of taking care of the house and family while the man provides for the
family. The man is looked on to support women because they were thought of as incapable of
doing so. These ideals made women categorized as the weaker gender and inferior to the

powerful men of society. Jerry Bruckheimer includes very strong female roles, roles that are very
uncommon for the time period in which his series, Pirate of the Caribbean, takes place. He
touches on the roles of women in Early Britain and how women begin to challenge the rule of
man through his leading role, Elizabeth Swan. The purpose for my research was to examine and
explain the ways that women were able to challenge the rules of man to create equality in
society, and how the media targets all audiences to create a large influence on the way society
sees women.
I observed Jerry Bruckheimers character Elizabeth Swan, her ability to break away from
common ideals of women in her time period interested me. I began to question the ways other
women in real scenarios challenged the roles of men in early societies, and what the roles of
women were like in previous times. As Elizabeth evolved into a very independent leadership role
Jerry Bruckheimer shows his audience that some women who were forced to live to ideal
standards could break free from their assigned roles in society. He uses Elizabeth to show a
strong female role; her role expresses a women who started under the rule of man and became a
leader over all men in her community. Although Jerry Bruckheimer creates a story showing the
measures a women had to take to defend herself in her society, most of the research on this topic
didnt touch on all the actions women took to break away from ideals. Instead the research would
skate around the subject, telling the audience about the success the women had and talking about
powerful women in history. The research failed to include how the women came to be powerful
leaders in society.
Women would form protest groups, go on strikes, and disguise themselves as men in
society and perform jobs to prove that they could do the same work men could do. This is
important to the evolution of equality in society among men and women because it shows how
society got to where it is today. Women would challenge the roles of men and demand equality,
if women had never performed these actions society could possibly still be male favored.
Women today such as Hilary Clinton are great examples of women who have the goals of
leadership and equality in society. Hilary Clinton was the first women to run for U.S Presidential
office, this was a large step for women in todays society and shows how women can stand up to
men. In the Disney Movie Mulan, Mulan goes to war dressed as her father in his place to prove
that she can defend her father and she can be a member of the army. Another contribution to the
way we see women in society today is through social media. Social media today has created
more and more works with strong female leading roles. The inclusion of a powerful women role
interests both men and women in todays society. This is important because it tells us that the
media can have a large effect on the way we see ourselves as women in todays society. The
media can have both a negative and positive impact on the evolution of strong female leaders.
Articles and images that depict women as nothing more that objects to look at are demeaning to
us as a gender group. This kind of negative media can backtrack equality among men and
women in society.
From here we can conclude that the evolution of womens roles in society is an ongoing
topic that can be further researched as the evolution of our society continues. The roles of
women in society has been changing since the start of human society and will continue to change

as time passes. Women in society today have made drastic change since the mid-1800, women
and men are closer to an equal role in society then could be seen in earlier time periods. As
evolution of society continues there is no telling if women will eventually become the dominant
gender, or if they will recede back into the weaker gender of society, or if society will continue
to work toward equality between men and women. Further research can be conducted on this
idea that women may eventually become the dominant gender in society. The idea of where
women will go next in society is a popular idea that can be further explored and examined as
society progresses through time.


Williams, J. (n.d.). Pirates and Power. Retrieved January 1, 2013.

Williams talks about the role of Elizabeth in the movie series using five main power
bases that can been seen in her character throughout the movie (referent, coercive, reward,
legitimate, and expert). Williams discusses Elizabeths referent power over her father,
Governor Swan, and Commodore Norrington, who intends to marry her. She has referent power
over them because both will do whatever it takes to protect her and defend her. Williams also
discusses how Elizabeth takes on a lead role in her society and manipulates situations in her
surroundings. She has coercive power over Barbosa and his pirate crew when she decides to
come aboard the Black Pearl as captive and uses the threat of dropping the cursed gold into the
ocean as her own personal leverage against the pirates. The article touches not only on Elizabeth

as a whole character but the instances in the movies where she has significant power over other
characters, giving her a lead role.

Pomerance, M. (2005, January 1). Johnny Depp Starts Here. Retrieved January 1, 2005.
Pomerance discusses the appeal of the character Jack Sparrow, and why he becomes one
of the more interesting characters that Jerry Bruckheimer creates for the film series. His eccentric
image attracts attention to viewers and implies a mysterious personality of his character. Jack
Sparrow is one of Johnny Depps roles that he felt he could connect to, he put some of his own
conflicting personality into his acting of the character Jack Sparrow. In the Movie Jack Sparrow
is a sneaky, conniving, but also heroic character. He has taken on multiple personalities in the
movie series. From leading enemies to the whereabouts of the pirates in order to save his own
life, to sacrificing his chances to rule the Flying Dutchman to save Williams life. Pomerance
also talks a great deal about how Johnny Depp as an actor has an influence on all of his roles. His
background, his smoking habits, and his gaze, and his looks can help create the character as well.
The role of the character is more than just the acting but also how the actor presents himself or
how he looks.
Shapiro, S. (2004, January 1). Sex, Gender, and Fashion in Medieval and Early Modern
Britain. Retrieved January 1, 2004.
Shapiro talks about the way that men and women dressed in Early Britain were to show
the important differences between masculinity and effeminacy in society. Women were to
dress mainly in dresses to show their femininity in society, they were not allowed to wear pants
or show and kind of masculinity as that would be against the ideals of society. Men would wear
Pants and often a frilled shirt or blouse, this would show masculinity in the time period. When it
becomes a topic of social rank we see men competing with each other using clothing. Men who
were of higher social standing would dress regal. Gold and paisley patterning woven into
clothing would convey the message to others that the man had a great deal of money and power.
Wiesner, M. (2000). Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2nd ed., Vol. 2).
Wiesner talks about the roles of society in Early Modern Europe and how most societies
were ruled by kings. The role of the common man in early modern Europe was to serve the
crown. Wiesner discusses the way the governors staff and household furnished a means by
which to knit ties of clientage with important local nobleman, thereby reorienting their interests
to serve the crown. The important citizens in a given society would form alliance to make sure
the rest of society was doing what was depicted by the king and following orders of superiors.
The article describes women in Early Modern Europe as caretakers, those who tended to the
needs of man. The common European navy was to serve the crown as well. The kings orders
were strictly followed by army generals, the navy worked to protect the land of the crown and
the people of the crown. The gradual establishment of this administrative framework made
societies in Early Europe equipped for war and rebellion with other societies.

Ali, T. (n.d.). Pirate of the Caribbean: Axis of Hope.

Ali talks about the tales of pirates and pirate crews that were present in the Caribbean in
the Early 1800s. The book guides us through a world divided between privilege and poverty.
Hugo Chavez was the foremost challenger of the neoliberal consensus and American foreign
policy, and was outlawed by the Venezuelan elites, and Western governments. He became a
pirate to the Caribbean region because he decided to undermine the government and pillage for
himself and members of the poor Venezuelan community. He was looked at as a hero for the
poor by deliberately taking from western governments, this was an example of the meaning of
piracy in the early 1800s. The book was written to show the views of pirates and piracy from
both the governments point of view and the poor Venezuelan societys point of view. Chavezs
radical social-democratic reforms have brought him worldwide acclaim among the poor.
Vitkus, D. (2001). Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives From Early
Modern England (3rd ed., Vol. 2). JSTOR.
Vitkus discusses the relationships between pirates, the British Navy, and other cultures in
Early England throughout the 1800s. Barbary Captivity narratives provide an important lens
through which to view and understand the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relationships
between early modern English Protestants and their captives. The book includes the history of
capturing persons convicted of piracy through England, Scotland, and Ireland in the time period
when piracy was most popular. Captivity brought about an intermixing of peoples, races, and
religions that were rarely seen during this time period of history. Piracy was a way for
Englishmen to examine and understand the accounts of the customs and cultural practices and
general ways of life of the captives; most commonly the Moors and North Africans. The periods
of captivity allowed the British to gain an insight of the types of societies that were based off a
system of piracy. The British could better understand the cultural practices of those they captured
giving them a strategic edge over the societies dealing with piracy.
Pollock, E. (2014). Popular Culture, Piracy, and Outlaw Pedagogy: A Critique of the
Miseducation of Davy Jones (2nd ed., Vol. 1). Google Scholar.
Pollock Discusses his works in Popular Culture, Piracy, and Outlaw Pedagogy which
explores the relationship between power and resistance by critiquing the popular cultural image
of the pirate represented in Pirates of the Caribbean. Pollock talks about the relations mainly
existing between Sparrow and Jones by discussing their corruption to society and their
differences of leadership roles through the given society. What became evident in Pollocks
research is how corruption through imperial and colonial codifications within seventeenth
century systems of culture, class hierarchies, and language succeeded in its representation of the
pirates in pirates of the Caribbean. This erasure is apparent in Western portrayals of Somali
pirates as corrupt Beings without any acknowledgement of a government role in provoking pirate
resurgence in that region. What we learn from Pollock in the article on pirates is that the pirates
teach us and are potential ways to stimulate the erasure process by engaging a pedagogy of
passion, purpose, radical love and loyalty.
McClung, G. (n.d.). Leader As Buccaneer. Retrieved January 1, 2007.

McClung talks about our societys interest in pirates and the actions of pirates. In the
Article McClung says, Perhaps it is the perceived life of danger that they led, their apparent
devil-may-care attitude, or our tendency to glamorize those who rebel against the system. This
quote is the main purpose for the works of the article. At first glance pirates, privateers, and
buccaneers may not be the best examples of role models in society; however, there is evidence
that suggests differing and new perspectives of this topic. In the Pirates of the Caribbean movies
we see Jack sparrow as a character who has no regard for law or a system of rules; however, this
is not the case. Jack Sparrow takes on a management role as a pirate Captain, he takes on the
responsibility to manage an utterly rebellious crew, manage tensions between others involved in
the crew, practice a brand of servant-leadership, and adhere to a pirate code of ethics and values.
Leeson, P. (n.d.). An-Arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organizations.
Retrieved January 1, 2007.
Lesson talks about the system of governing that pirates form and follow, a guide of ethics
and laws that all pirates must follow in order to form a functioning society. Throughout time it
has been a stereotype that pirates have no sense of governing and can do whatever they
please, these ideas created by man through time are false and it is apparent as we look back at
facts from the past. Pirates required mechanisms to prevent internal predation, minimalize crew
conflicts, and maximize piratical profit. Pirate crews had systems of checks and balances to
constrain Captain Predation. Pirates used democratic constitutions to minimize conflict and
minimize piratical law and order. Pirate governance created a system of laws and order that made
pirates the most successful and sophisticated criminal organizations in history.
Mudd, J. Assignment One: Pirates of the Caribbean, October 2nd 2014
In Assignment One I talk about the figured world of the Pirates of the Caribbean and how
Jerry Bruckheimer created a world in his movie series that contributes behavioral ideas different
from our own society. In my observations of the Pirates of the Caribbean, I include my findings
on the artifacts, communities of practice, practices of the community, and the actors in the
figured world. These terms help the audience to understand the main purposes of the figured
world and what ideals are present in the figured world. I took observations of 30-45 minute
periods of the first three movies in the series and recorded my observations of the behaviors,
ideas, and actions in the specific segment of the movie. The observations include the main plot of
the movie and how the characters are connected to the figured world and to each other. The last
portion of assignment one was to conduct interviews of other fans and supporters of the movie
series. This portion of Assignment One gives the audience other points of view of the movies
over my impressions of the movie. This makes my findings less bias and includes the view
points and ideals of others who are interested in the movie series as well. My interview questions
discussed how the characters in the movie were connected to one another, how the behaviors in
the movie differed from our society today, and what scenes in the movie stood out the most to
the purpose of the films.