The unhinged woman is a character trope that has popped up frequently in mainstream media for the past few years. This trope is utilized as a way to present an alternative representation of women; one that functions as being empowering, complex, and overall a new and positive representation of a constant misrepresented minority in media. Proceeding with a textual analysis of the 2014 film Gone Girl and the 2020 miniseries The Undoing, I was able to examine the salient attributes through a feminist lens. Further discovering that the unhinged woman trope is actually detrimental to the overall representation of women in film and television. This trope does not go against the status quo but rather reinforces the patriarchal, racial, and capitalist ideology that permeates throughout Western society.
Scanlon, Alyssa, "Undoing the Unhinged Woman: An Examination of Contemporary Media Representation of Women and Ideology" (2021). Media and Communication Studies Presentations. 10.
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