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Through analysis of "Indiana Jones- Raiders of the lost Ark" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", evaluate how the representation of gender in the action film genre has developed in recent years.

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Through analysis of "Indiana Jones- Raiders of the lost Ark" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", evaluate how the representation of gender in the action film genre has developed in recent years.

Over the last half a century, male and female stereotypes have changed and developed in the media. Previously, the media has a very stereotypical view when it came to gender representation. The way males were represented in the media was that they were the stronger, fiercer and more commanding gender, who had the more important role in films. The female on the other hand had the more assertive role; she was the quiet one, who didn't play as big a role as the male.

In this media assignment we have looked at gender representations from all different decades, from the early as the 1950's, to today. We have looked at how both genders are portrayed in the films, therefore showing what the stereotype of both sexes was at that time. We found out that there has been a development in the genders, from the early decades till now. The roles have somewhat "balanced out" slightly, and the female has gained more control and

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