Masculinity in Peter Weir's Gallipoli

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Essay Question: Discuss the ways in which masculinity is constructed in Gallipoli and / or First Blood? What codes and norms of gender are used to construct masculinity in the film(s)? The perception of masculinity within Australian films is a reflection of our society’s views and opinions of what it is to be considered masculine. It is continually reinforced in our society by the constructions of the male character in movies, just like Archie and Frank, in Gallipoli and particular male figures within our nation’s history, such as Ned Kelly. Peter Weir’s reflection of masculinity through the use of his two main characters Archie and Frank, in his 1981 film Gallipoli, helped to perpetuate this construction of the Aussie male stereotype…show more content…
Weir demonstrates this type of homosociality in Archie and Frank’s friendship by having particular scenes within the movie where the audience watches on as both characters cement their relationship with races for fun in the Egyptian training grounds and climbing the pyramids to leave their names to generations to come in the ancient stones. Similar to that of young love with Frank being the strong male and Archie taking on the role of female. The two characters symbolize the differing attitudes to the war, to personal ambition and even the way they run and how, the way they run, reflect how they live. Archie’s sacrifice is the apotheosis of ‘greater love’ when he takes Franks place in the line symbolizing an act of a hero. But like all heroes Frank and Archie must undergo shared trials, such as crossing the desert before they can attempt to enlist, as well as both, having to suffer the individual humiliation of being rejected into the army. ”A special kind of man went. Sure, they were adventurers, but a very simple kind. They weren’t swashbucklers, but they were a kind of warrior class” Isolating the characters from their positions in a way of dramatic irony and representing them ignorant of the causes and horrors of war, strengthens the sense of the lost generation’s innocence and the growth of a national understanding since the end of the imperial compliance. According to Katherine Biber, ‘violent white men are
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