Intertextuality In The Butcher Boy

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The concept of fantasy can be defined as ‘the forming of mental images, especially wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing’ (Dictionary.com). At one time or another we have all fantasized about different things. However, have any of us ever attempted to incorporate those fantasies into the real world? The following paper will attempt to analyse how the narratives Mickybo and me and The Butcher Boy combine elements of imagination/fantasy and reality. It will discuss how the of mixing the two concepts helped to form the narratives and move them forward and will gauge how these characters are shaped through their imaginations/fantasies. This essay will focus on four main points. Firstly, it will address how the cruel reality…show more content…
Mainly we see this combination through the lens of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Being obsessed with the film, the boys base themselves on the two characters. Intertextuality is the concept of texts borrowing from each other. In terms of film, this could be the borrowing of a line of dialogue, the composition of a shot, or direct reference to another film/text. Intertextuality is present throughout the film as on occasion the boys use direct quotes from their favourite film “Manos arriba” (Loane, 2004). As Mickybo enters the bank to rob it he not only quotes Butch Cassidy, but we actually see many elements from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid present in this scene. As he walks towards the entrance we can hear the soundtrack from the film. We can tell that it is from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid because the music doesn’t fit in with the setting of the scene. If there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest the presence of intertextuality between the two then the moment where Mickybo walks through the door of the bank outright proves it. The clever use of shots from Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid depicting Mickybo as Butch was a smart way to show how Mickybo felt like he was being his hero whereas the people in the bank most certainly did not take him seriously. In this scene Mickybo is consciously copying the film. The intertextuality aids the viewer to understand the boys train of thought throughout the film. Can the same be said for Frankie Brady in The Butcher Boy? Let’s examine how Neil Jordan combined elements of imagination and reality in his adaption of Patrick Mc Cabe’s novel of the same

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