Project Title

Heathers: An Analysis

Presenters

Megan MurphyFollow

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This presentation will examine and analyze the dialogue and actions in Heathers, released in 1989, and directed by Michael Lehmann. This presentation directly studies the screenplay of the film written by Daniel Waters to reference the characterization of Veronica Sawyer and Jason Dean, or J.D., the protagonist and antagonist. In particular, the manipulative nature of J.D. is of interest, as is the theme of teen disillusionment throughout the film and how J.D. 's anti-establishment attitudes both attract Veronica and the teen target audience of the film. This attitude appealed both to teens of the late 80’s and teens today, and this presentation seeks to study how J.D.s character is set up to this appeal.

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Heathers: An Analysis

This presentation will examine and analyze the dialogue and actions in Heathers, released in 1989, and directed by Michael Lehmann. This presentation directly studies the screenplay of the film written by Daniel Waters to reference the characterization of Veronica Sawyer and Jason Dean, or J.D., the protagonist and antagonist. In particular, the manipulative nature of J.D. is of interest, as is the theme of teen disillusionment throughout the film and how J.D. 's anti-establishment attitudes both attract Veronica and the teen target audience of the film. This attitude appealed both to teens of the late 80’s and teens today, and this presentation seeks to study how J.D.s character is set up to this appeal.

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