Representation in a Scene From Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a 2014 Korean/American dystopian Sci-fi thriller, directed by Korean writer/director Joon-ho Bong. It’s total box office haul was $86,758,912. On IMDb, audiences and critics rated Snowpiercer 7/10 and on Rotten Tomatoes, 95% of critics liked the film, and 74% of audiences enjoyed it.

How Is The Antagonist/protagonist represented in this scene?

Tilda Swinton’s character (the antagonist of the film), is wearing entirely white, which, according to Helmet Nickel’s theory of White hats/black hats, presents her in a positive light, however since her costume appears so clean and white, it makes her seem out of place when compared with our protagonist’s (Chris Evans) tattered, dark clothing, this makes her appear out-of-touch with the plight that we have seen our protagonist and his friends go through, further driving ideas that are prevalent throughout this film about the upper classes being nonchalant about suffering of the lower classes. She is clearly a member of the upper classes as she has someone else hold her megaphone for her, she is physically higher than everyone and uses lower frequency lexis lexis like ‘ingrates.’

Chris Evans’ character, however, is the opposite, in the traditionally worse looking position, but appears sympathetic due to Tilda Swinton’s hyperbolised appearance, and the threats she is making makes her less than likeable, therefore, those defying her appear as sympathetic ‘underdogs.’ This ‘underdog’ status is also shown by Chris Evans’ panting, displaying how he is exhausted by the ridiculous situation that he is currently living in, however is still willing to keep fighting, as shown by his throwing of an item at Tilda Swinton.


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