Female Representation in Hanna

Hanna was directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan as the titular character. It was released on 8th April 2011. On imdb, 139,198 users gave this film an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 and on Rotten Tomatoes, 72% of 211 critics gave favourable reviews and 66% of 70,840 audience members liked it. Hanna grossed $63,782,078 at the worldwide box office.

How Are Women Represented in This Scene?

Consider stereotypical representations of females in the Thriller genre such as the Femme Fatale or the victim.

In this scene from Hanna, Hanna initially appears as a victim, especially when she begins to cry and hugs the lady next to her, however this idea is swiftly shattered when she kills many people, presenting her more as a femme fatale. Throughout the film, Hanna is shown more in light of the femme fatale, however the audience initially believe this breakdown as she is a teenage girl (I think she’s supposed to be 16) and has been through some very tough situations, therefore making this crack of her hardened exterior more believable. The audience is then shocked that she was actually tricking her captors, displaying her smarts, something that, unfortunately, is not as commonly represented in women as in men (Not that women aren’t represented as smart, but women are under-represented in general).

Cate Blanchet’s character (the antagonist of the piece) appears cowardly as she is hiding in a separate darkened room feeding information to someone who looks like her. However she does, also, appear smart since she knows that Hanna would kill her. This puts Hanna in the position of an underdog, this gives the audience more respect for Hanna as she can ‘win’ despite having less advantages.


One thought on “Female Representation in Hanna

  1. Please try harder, Ed! You have made some good points, but the response is quite brief. In order to achieve a higher mark, consider:

    “she kills a load of people,” – formalise your language
    Use a greater degree of media language


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