THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN IDENTITY IN AMERICAN MELODRAMA

  • Ribut Basuki Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University
Keywords: ideology, melodrama, hero, cultural poetics, hegemony, identity, villains, history

Abstract

Melodrama reflects and constructs ideology. In American melodrama, the dominant social group imposed its ideology by constructing the standard American identity and its opposite through the heroes and villains. In the four plays discussed, the standard is pictured through the heroes in terms of their ability to get financial success, their acceptance of the Protestant moral codes, and their being white. Thus, in the world of melodrama people of color as well as financially deprived people are marginalized.

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Published
2005-06-06
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