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What were Jeremy Tunstall’s 4 character roles for women and do they
apply to The Cabin in the Woods?


Jules applies to the Sexual role of a woman because she is most sexualised.
Although everyone is sexually active within the film, she is the one that is
seen having intercourse with Curt in the Woods.

Lin applies to the Domestic role because she is the assistant that is seen
helping out the other men, however she is still bossed around to an extent.

Dana and Jules are good examples of the Consumer role because they are
typical teenage girls. When we first see Jules and Dana, we are told that Jules
dyed her hair, a representation of consuming.

Dana is the most marital out of the female characters in Cabin In The Woods
because she is the less sexualised and although not married, she has an
attachment and sense of loyalty to one person.

How is Dana typical of Clover’s ‘Final Girl’ theory? Please mention: the
ending; Dana’s appearance and her actions during the film.

Dana is typical of the ‘Final Girl’ theory because she has an androgynous
name and appearance, dressing less revealing in comparison to the others.
She is less sexually active and not blonde. She fights for her life until the end,
although it is most likely she died, she is the last remaining.

Jules undergoes mental and physical transformations during the film,
what are they and how do they cause her to become a horror archetype?

Physically, Jules undergoes the transformation of hair colour to become a
blonde. Blondes in horrors are typically known for being the first to die, which
then goes on to happen. She becomes more sexually active once at the Cabin
which puts her at more risk of becoming a victim in a horror as most
characters die as a result.

Is Mulvey’s Male Gaze theory exemplified in the film and if so, how?
Think about framing, camera angles and POV shots.

Mulvey’s Male Gaze Theory is when the camera acts as the eyes of a
heterosexual male to view females as sexual objects. Curt eyes his girlfriend
at one point, where the camera follows him as a POV shot. When we first see
Dana, she is in her underwear and the camera makes sure to point this out by
focusing on her lower body.

In the film we, as an audience, are made to be voyeurs; when does this
happen and why is it important in regards to representation of character?

A voyeur is a person who gains sexual pleasure from observing others naked
or also carrying out sexual activities, also a person who gains pleasure from
watching their pain. We become voyeurs during the scene where Jules does
stuff with a wolf, leaving her boyfriend to watch on. This shows the more
sexually active characters in comparison to the others and the extents they
will go to as well as the outcome of their actions.

(Briefly) Summarise the way women are represented in The Cabin in
the Woods. Are they objectified and there to provide satisfaction for
heterosexual males and/or do they fulfil another role/purpose?

Women in The Cabin in the Woods are represented incredibly sexualised,
attracting the heterosexual male. They do provide satisfaction and are
objectified but are used a lot to create humour as well.