Instinctive Survival. “...We'Ll Go Step By Step And Cut

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Instinctive Survival “...We 'll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered. And then we 'll blow it the fuck out into space! Is that acceptable to you?” (Scott; Alien, 1979) Alien (Ridley Scott) was and still is very revolutionary for its time, which really puts it ahead of other films in 1979 because of its smart cinematography, claustrophobic atmosphere, witty characters, and the ambiguous use of switching the gender norms around. The men and women switch roles about half way through the movie after the guys come up with one bad plan after another other which eventually resulted in the captain being killed, leaving Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in charge. There is a clear split in personality and…show more content…
Once she is shut down by Dallas she seems upset but ends up understanding his decision, even though she is not in the vent she still makes herself a big part of what 's going on. Ripley is willing to take on the role of the leader even though she was still degraded and not taken seriously towards the beginning of the film, when Ripley visits Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto) in the lower levels while they are fixing the ship, she is trying to give them information, as well as orders but the two men, seem to be messing with her by acting like they can’t hear her until she mentions money, it’s obvious that they both think they don’t need to listen to her because she’s not the captain but she is still a higher ranking than both of them. The three actually share some of the same attributes, one of the major connections would be that crew doesn’t really like to listen to their ideas because Ripley is a girl and Brett and Parker are one of the lowest paid workers on the ship. The two women on board are very different, Lambert being the typical “horror girl” who always cries and just wants to get off the ship before things get bad again, and Ripley who definitely is the more “masculine” of the two even though they both possess different body types. Ripley possesses more “feminine” attributes like her long hair, but more concealed body

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