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Dana Schowalter




The essay analyzes Erik Kripke's television show Supernatural, in which gender roles and relationships, archetypes, symbolism, and the inner psyche function to both promote and challenge hegemonic masculinity. Several sources were used to support findings, including the complexity of gender roles, the effects of showcasing hegemonic masculinity, and what we learn from such depictions. Supernatural presents a strong, bonded relationship between two heterosexual men. This representation is important because of the archetypes that the main characters portray. Since it is impossible for one man to be a perfect man, the brothers Sam and Dean represent the juxtaposition of complementary masculinities. I argue that the show depicts the importance of a durable friendship and the complicated workings of grief and trauma but it also addresses the ways men are supposed to process these emotions. Thus providing us with a helpful guideline.




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