Never Trust a Snake Analysis

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In Henry Jenkins’ Never Trust a Snake, the author analyzes WWF Wresting and its connection with American culture and sports as a melodramatic form of entertainment that coincides with Marxist views of the bourgeoisie versus the proletariat. First, Jenkins speaks about gender roles and emotions and comes to find that the WWF provides a way in which men can express their emotions without being vulnerable, as they would be if they were to show their true emotions in real life. Additionally, he suggests that the WWF is more than just a spectacle but rather a detailed account that allows for the working class citizens, the proletariat, to live vicariously through a story in which they will triumph over the upper class, the bourgeoisie. According to Jenkins, the characters and their roles in the WWF are specifically designed to express certain clashes common to all, such as good vs. evil and authority vs. compliance. Each character represents a unique idea and “the most successful wrestlers are those who provoke immediate emotional commitments (either positive or negative) and are open to constant rearticulation” (300). As Jenkins suggests, the WWF creates a distinct array of characters in which “good” and “evil” are clearly discernible. The viewers then identify themselves with the character of their choosing, a character they feel is similar to them. Through this, the viewer becomes significantly more engaged and is able to live vicariously through a fantastical character. To many viewers, the WWF is just a show, scripted and pre-planned. However, Jenkins argues that it is an outlet for men to express emotions about issues in their lives that they would not normally be able to exhibit due to cultural norms. For the working-class man, the WWF provides a platform in which submissive laborers, the “good” proletariat, are able to gain a sense of victory over their

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