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James Cameron : Thelma & Louise. “Something’s crossed over in me.”. Guilt & Accountability. Thelma: “This is all my fault!” Louise: “ Dammit Thelma! You should know by now this ain’t your fault!”. Iconography of masculinity. Guns Cars Hats Trucker & cowboy hats JD’s robbery speech

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james cameron thelma louise

James Cameron:Thelma & Louise

“Something’s crossed over in me.”

guilt accountability
Guilt & Accountability
  • Thelma: “This is all my fault!”
  • Louise: “Dammit Thelma! You should know by now this ain’t your fault!”
iconography of masculinity
Iconography of masculinity
  • Guns
  • Cars
  • Hats
    • Trucker & cowboy hats
  • JD’s robbery speech
  • Violence & lawlessness
  • Beer & liquor
  • Police sunglasses
  • Police as faceless male authority
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Crossing over

    • Death & freedom
    • Guns & cars
    • Death as loss for Louise, liberation for Thelma?
    • Losing & gaining
  • Thelma: “This is all my fault!”
  • Louise: “Dammit Thelma! You should know by now this ain’t your fault!”
parallel hotel
Parallel Hotel
  • Thelma loses ring vs. Louise given one
  • Thelma has pleasurable one-night stand vs. Louise has romantic but platonic night
  • Thelma liberated vs. Louise paralyzed
    • From this point on Thelma gains things (jackets, hats, makeup) while Louise loses them (jewelry, makeup, clothes)
crossing over
Crossing Over
  • “My life would’ve been ruined a whole lot worse than it is now.”
  • What is death for each of the characters? Why do they have to die?
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