ThesisJuno is a portrayal of youth sexuality, genderroles, parenthood, and expectations of socialclass in modern day society. Through the use ofsemiotics I will explore how the characters andrelationships throughout the film are symbolicto the ideologies and culture of a newgeneration. I will also make reference to Kaplan’spsychoanalytic ideas of dominance-submissionpatterns to explore gender roles.
Juno as an Icon – New Generation• Goes against conceptual idea of femininity• Overall look• Personality• Uses humor to deal with pregnancy – normal occurrence• Progression of gender roles/ideologies
Sex Scene• Shift in depiction of female sexuality• Change from that to be desired to that which desires• Juno’s dominance
Paulie Bleeker• New idea of masculinity• Masculinity mocked• Change in gender role – passive• Kaplan’s dominance-submission patterns
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Juno Vs. Vanessa• Also dominant• Desire for procreation• End Result
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ConclusionSemiotics is concerned with how meaning iscreated through images or narratives. Throughthe use of characters and the relationshipsbetween them, the film showed the newideologies of the 21st century regarding youthsexuality, gender roles, and parenthood.