Beatrix Kiddo & The Analysis of the Female Protagonist


In this blog series I will be analyzing the character Beatrix Kiddo, “The Bride”, from Quentin Tarantino’s, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. Anti-hero female protagonist are a relatively new phenomenon in films and television.

In Kill Bill Vol 1, the Bride is an example of a female antihero character who’s actions can be analyzed using the Marxist theory of false consciousness and the base and the superstructure, sociological criticism of gender, uses and gratification, and anomie. Through my research I will analyze the following questions; When the anti-hero is female how do the male characters perceive her? I will be analyzing scenes from Vol. 1 & 2 and tying in theoretical concepts.

First I will explore the cinematic references of the Kill Bill series and how the background of the movie contributes to the portrayal of Beatrix Kiddo as a white female protagonist in Japanese culture. The analysis will focus on her martial arts performance and her choice of fashion through out Kill Bill volume 1 & 2.

Then I will explore Beatrix Kiddo’s role as an organizational leader and how gender roles come into play when she is almost murdered by her organization and seeks revenge for her betrayal.

Thirdly, I will analyze the motivation behind Beatrix’s revenge and answer why female anti-hero seem to have a reoccurring theme of betrayal and sexual exploitation as the motive. Lastly, I will analyze the post-modern constructs of what it means to be a anti-hero female character.

Berger, A. A. (2012). Fourth edition media analysis techniques. Sage.


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