Mad Max: Fury Road - Blog Post #6

As we study Mad Max: Fury Road for characterization and theme development in film narratives, at times it helps to look at other analysis of films.  Angie Han from Slashfilm wrote an article discussing the role of masculinity in Mad Max: Fury Road.  In her article, Han provides great insight into both theme and characterization. Kat Overland wrote her article focusing more on Mad Max: Fury Road's (and the Mad Max franchise overall) depiction of disabilities.

You need to read one of the articles and respond to at least one idea Han or Overland puts forth about the film and its approach to masculinity (responses need to go beyond "I agree/disagree" - explain why you have your opinion and support your opinion with references from both Han's article and the film).

Click here for Angie Han's article.

Click here for Kat Overland's article.

Due Wednesday, April 12th 

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Mr. Scheuer
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12 April 2017

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Comments

  1. Christine Wilcox
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction, 6th hour
    9 April 2017
    I agree with Han’s view of the film as being unapologetically feminist. The women in the film don’t want to be seen as property. They are people and should be treated as such. Han also pointed out that masculinity can either be toxic or good which I also believe to be true. The toxic men, Immortan Joe and his War Boys, preyed on the weak. Max and Nux showed a good form of masculinity when they helped Furiosa and the wives but didn’t take over the mission. They didn’t expect anything in return from the women but instead found it sufficient to fight for a good cause. The film did a good job portraying strong women and strong men who viewed women as equals.

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  2. Chris Means
    Mr.Scheuer
    Mod Fic hour 6
    4/10/17

    I read Overland's article and thought it was very interesting. I fully understood everything she meant when she was talking about how the film depicted disability and agree with her also. I thought it was how she explained how mostly everyone in the film had some sort of disability whether it was a physical one or a mental one. She gave me a better look on how the director and creator of Mad Max chose to depict with all the disability's in the film.

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  3. Hanna Fahl
    Mr. Schuer
    Modern Fiction- hour 6
    11 April 2017

    I completely agreed with Angie's article. I loved how she made the comparison between the two types of masculinity. She pointed out that immajun Joe and Max's masculinity were variously different. Immajun Joe, the villain, was in fact masculine but not in a positive way. He lived by the saying, "boys will be boys". He raped his wives and thought that it was his duty to create. He didn't know how to properly treat humans. His masculinity was so different compared to Max's. Max was heroic, he was the protagonist. He fought for the right reasons and appealed to the viewers. His masculinity was true. For these reasons, I agree.

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  4. Astashia Perkins
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    8th hour

    My opinion on Han’s position that men sometimes use their masculinity as a form of brute force or as a means of persuasion is accurate. I completely agree with that statement. In fury road when Nux slowly came around and eventually developed feelings for the women, not romantically or sexually but as people and not objects. Max goes off his own agenda to help Furiosa and risks his life numerous of times. When they are victorious in their endeavors he doesn't take credit or try to gain sexual compensation, he goes on his way. Women are strong and natural nurturers but often taken advantage of. It was refreshing to see a change.

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  5. Ebony Perry
    Me. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    12 April 2017

    The article by Angie Han was something that was true. The article talks about how the film puts men above not only women but other men also. Joe and his War Boys a put ahead of the other people. The War boys aren’t at the same level as Joe but they are put before the women. The film puts women and some of the men, like Max, as objects that can be used at any time and can be controlled. But, the War Boys were treated as weapons rather than people. I think the article says some real and correct things about the film.

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  6. Christian Lubke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-8th Hour
    4/11/17

    It was interesting to see Mad Max: Fury Road take a feministic role by having a strong female lead. As it had a strong feminine lead, it also had a strong masculine lead too. The movie portrayed two kinds of humanity: the evil side which was represented by Immortal Joe, or the good side which was represented by Max and Furiosa. With the ending of the film, the film pointed out which side of humanity is the best and more heroic.

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  7. Patty Noggle
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 6
    12 April 2017

    The article that I took interest in was Angie Han's article. I love how she talked about and focused on how the "good" male roles, Max and Nux, didn't expect a reward for their services, even though that is all that Immortan Joe had forced into Nux's head. She talked about how even though Immortan Joe focused mainly on viewing women as property, he also treated the war boys similarly as well. He basically brainwashed the war boys into thinking the only way they would be worthy of him was dying for his cause in battle. This movie portrays how Nux ends up leaving Immortan Joe (and all his brainwashing) to help out Furiosa because it was a cause that was important to him. Same with Max, Max originally just wanted to get away from being captured, but ended up joining Furiosa and the five wives to help, again for a cause that he ended up caring about. I really enjoyed her article about how even though it portrayed Immortan Joe as a bad guy, and making masculinity seem bad, that they were treating women as property, in the end through Nux it ends up showing how it's more important to make a change for the better than to just do what you were told to do. I really enjoyed watching Mad Max: Fury Road and after forming my own opinion on it-taking a different perspective on it thanks to Angie's article. I really do appreciate and enjoy seeing other people's opinions and views on things because it makes me more open minded and gives me a wider view on it rather than just my own opinion.

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  8. Liann Bade
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 8
    12 April 2017

    I disagree with Angie Han's article because the females have as much masculinity as the men in the film. In the film Furiosa acts just like a male to protect the (5 wives) from other people. Furiosa is trying to protect the wives from Joe as they are not property but people.

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  9. Ben Forke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    April 12th, 2017
    In the last paragraph she wrote, Han talks about how Mad Max: Fury Road isn't film that pits men verses women or a film that implies men and masculinity are vile things. It is just saying that what some men choose to do with the power that comes with masculinity is vile or evil, their actions are evil, and I completely agree. If history proves one thing it's that men have the capability to do massive amounts of damage to the world, and that's a capability that most women around the world don't have. It's just a fact that in many cultures and societies, women don't have much power. That is because of the power that comes with the masculinity that men have. All this film is suggesting is for men to be more like Max. Men that don't oppress, damage and persecute other races, genders and just people in general, but men that use their masculinity to help people up and be functioning members of society that make positive impacts on the people around them.

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  10. Tavariana White
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 6th
    April 13, 2017
    I agree with Kate when she talks about the fact that both the protagonists of the film have disabilities. I like how she shows Max has the struggle with his flashbacks and other mental disabilities like his PTSD type condition. Then how Furosia has the prosthetic arm. She shows how a disability does not limit your capabilities. Furosia saves the whole community by sacrificing her arm when ripping Immortan Joe's face off. Max takes on a whole group of Warlords just to get them supplies to make it back home. I like how Kate points out that it is not about masculinity but it is about drive. She points out how both Furosia was stabbed in the side. and how Max was stabbed in the head. With both their wounds they still fought through it because they had heart. They had a want to save and a strive for redemption.

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  11. Antonio Rose
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction Hour 6
    April 15, 2017

    In Angie Hans' article she talks about how there are two forms of masculinity in Mad Max the destructive kind and Healthy kind. I agree with her all the main male characters in the Movie are manly.However what separates them as Angie says is that Max uses his for good and Immortan Joe uses his for evil. Now men for the most part are supposed to be masculine but, in Mad Max I believe it shows how today some men do evil and some do good. So, in the end it's about how you use your masculinity for good Like Max or for evil like Immortan Joe.

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  12. Akeia Ohikhuare
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6
    April 17,2017

    I read Angie Han's article about Mad Max and i really agreed with the statements in the article. I believe like Han that this film is unapologetic feminist. I see this in the entire central conflict of the movie of how the 5 wives are escaping because they no longer want to be property. All the female characters in the movie have a sense of wanting independence and wanting to be treated as human beings and instead of someones property. Also i agree with how on the other hand the film shows masculinity in all male characters because of how they are portrayed to do everything the stereotypical male would do.

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  13. Benjamin Ewert
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction – 6th hour
    17 April 2017
    In Angie Han’s article, the section titled “Men Giving Life” can be found. I entirely agree with this section. Most of the time the men are destroyers, while the women are creators. In Mad Max: Fury Road, the women are not the only ones who can give life. In the beginning Max is caught and becomes a blood bag for Nux. Also, when Furiosa is dying, Max gives her some of his blood to save her. This shows that the men have a choice to be destroyers or nurturers. The third paragraph in this section also states that women are not only creators, but can also be destroyers like the men. I believe that every person has a choice, but not all make the correct one.

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  14. Nick Monsoor
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 8th Hour
    April 17th, 2017
    I agree with Han at the end of her article that men aren't bad, the actions they do are bad. The rape and murder are bad. She also brings up the point that men in general weren't in power, like Max and Nux/War Boys. The men/man in power (Joe) were bad though. Treating other people like the wives and Max like slaves. Especially the women because he raped them. But also the war boys treated the blood bags like Max wrong because they had no regard for human life.

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  15. Isaiah Owens
    Modern fiction
    Mr.Scheur
    4/18/17

    I diagree with the article that Angie had because furiosa and the slave women were very brave in protecting themselves and each other. They never shyed away from the actions you can go as far in saying that they had the biggest role in their success.

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  16. Jawari Copeland
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-8th hour
    April 18th 2017

    I agree with Angie's article simply, because masculinity plays a major part in the Mad Max film. I also agree with the segment when she spoke about the problem with masculinity in our society as a whole also. Masculinity today and in the film are somewhat similar as she said to separate the good and bad is easy. But looking at this from both sides if we didn't have slightly overboard men we wouldn't have as strong of leader as we do today. For example not that I'm siding with Trump or any of his nonsense, he very masculine and has a very blunt way of showing us and others that he runs the show. We also look at other leaders such as Malcolm X whom was a very masculine african american civil rights activist of his time. His masculinity and determination allowed his to cause very major iconic points in history. Getting back to my point, the way women and men are treated in this film shows how masculinity plays a major role in the success of the film.

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  17. Hunter Sadler
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    April 18th, 2017
    I agree with Kat that in many modern day films not a single person has a disability. It's also very cool to see how even in a post-apocalyptic scenario disabilities are still present. I feel Fury Road did a great job incorporating these aspects into the film while not always portraying the disabled ones as "evil." It isn't often that a film has a protagonist that is missing and arm or is stricken with madness.

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  18. Tim Schultz
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction – 8th hour
    18 April 2017

    I agree with Han. I definitely think there are two sides to masculinity in Mad Max: Fury Road. Immortan Joe represents the masculinity that gets into a male's head. This male thinks he is the superior gender and believes women are mere objects. His ignorance and arrogance makes his personality which leads to his downfall. Others also look up to him for leadership which creates the war boys. Max's masculinity is a positive and heroic one masculinity. He is not in it for himself but for others. His attitude toward the women are if they are treasures in the post-apocalyptic world.

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  19. Aliyah salinas

    Film fools

    Mr. Scheuer

    I agree with Angie hands article because it's more realistic. This movie is feministic role palby having a female play a role normally a man would in our now and day society. Furiosa is a muscular woman who takes care of the five wives and which is a strong leader.

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  20. Theodore Lontkowski
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    April 12th, 2017
    Han talks about how Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t the film just about the men vs. women. It is just saying that what some men choose to do with the power that comes with masculinity is vile or evil, their actions are evil, and agree. If history shows one thing it's that men have the capability to do damage to the world, and that is the capability that most women around the world don't have. It's a fact that in many cultures and societies, women don't have much power. That is because of the power that comes with the masculinity that men have. All this film is suggesting is for men to be more like Max. Men that don't damage and persecute other races, genders and just people in general, but men that use their masculinity to help people up and be functioning members of society that make positive impacts on the people around them.

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  21. Thomas Gillis
    Modern Fiction
    Mr Scheuer-8th hour
    20 April 2017
    I agree with most of what Kat Overland said in her article about Mad Max. I agree that Miller did an excellent job of using the disabilities of many characters in order to add depth to the post apocalyptic world in the story. I also agree with Overland that Miller very successfully used Max and Furiosa's disabilities to show how the disabled still can play a crucial role in the dog eat dog world of post apocalyptia. The one thing I disagree with Overland on is her stance towards the role of disability when it comes to the antagonists of the story. I believe that their disability helped characterize there immorality and foulness but their characters do not make a negative statement about disability. If anything, their disabilities help push the idea that your disabilities decide your character.

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  22. Joseph Bradford
    Mr. Schuere
    modern fiction 6th
    4 27 17
    It was interesting to see Mad Max: Fury Road take a woman role by having a strong female lead. I agree with her all the main male characters in the Movie are manly.However what separates them as Angie says is that Max uses his for good and Immortan Joe uses his for evil. Others also look up to him for leadership which creates the war boys. Max's masculinity is a positive and heroic one masculinity.

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  23. Mya Harris
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    29 April 2017

    I agree with Han's article. Here are the reasons why, in the beginning Joe had all the power he only seen the pretty ladies as baby machines his property. He cared very little about the other women let alone the other people. He used his masculine power to force people to do what he wanted he made young boys warriors and fight for the hope to be reborn. He never let his baby mommas leave he held them captive until they escape to find there own freedom their own life. Furiosa helped the baby mommas become brave and let them know it's ok to stand up to things you don't agree with

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  24. Mya Harris
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    1 May 2017

    I personally agree with Han's article. Joe treated his women as property as baby makers, they wanted to take a stand and leave that life behind. Joe let his anger and power kill him. The hero in this movies was Furiousa and Max was her side kick/ partner. You hardly ever see a women play this part it's usually a male. Joe used his masculinity to over power the women, Furiousa let the girls know they have a say too.

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  25. Ellie Goodman
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    2 May 2017


    I believe what Angie's article had to say. She made it clear that the masculinity was very different from each other. Immortan Joe only wanted the wives to continually rape them to keep making kids. Max and Furiosa wanted the wives to be protected and safe and away from danger and the fact that they did that just showed how brave they were together as heroes.

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  26. Darien Games
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 6th Hour
    22 May 2017

    One idea that I really agree on from Han is the fact that men sometimes think that they are entitled to certain things because they helped or they think that they are in charge just because they are a man. So many movies use this idea of man being a leader and I am happy that in Mad Max we see that Max and Nux are just there to help and not gain anything from it. This isn't just in movies we see this trope but we also see this happen in real life. There has been multiple times I have seen a man expect something in return because they helped when in reality it was just the right thing to do. The fact is that we are equals and we should treat each other as such.

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