Title

Rent: A Narrative Criticism

Date

5-30-2013 3:00 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Top Papers in Media & Rhetorical Criticism

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Molly Mayhead

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper is a narrative analysis of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent. Fans of this production have felt a strong connection and loyalty to the characters since the day the show opened. Using rhetorical criticism I was able to take a closer look at how and why this musical has resonated so strongly with its audience. After formulating my research question, I focused on the following areas: the film’s strong theme of love and friendship, character development, events, temporal relations, and finally the film’s attempt to bring light to controversial issues. I found through analysis that the narrative of Rent holds great importance in the sense that it has been a strong voice for many members of discriminated communities.

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May 30th, 3:00 PM

Rent: A Narrative Criticism

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

This paper is a narrative analysis of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent. Fans of this production have felt a strong connection and loyalty to the characters since the day the show opened. Using rhetorical criticism I was able to take a closer look at how and why this musical has resonated so strongly with its audience. After formulating my research question, I focused on the following areas: the film’s strong theme of love and friendship, character development, events, temporal relations, and finally the film’s attempt to bring light to controversial issues. I found through analysis that the narrative of Rent holds great importance in the sense that it has been a strong voice for many members of discriminated communities.