Den personlige mediefortælling

Mira Tivie Kokborg, Maria Benedikte Christensen, Mikkel Poulsen, Rikke Wexiø Jensen, von Benzon, Sabrina Dalsgaard Rosencrone, Malene Nybroe Juul & Rasmus Ekstrøm Tengvad

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The topic of this assignment is the biographical presentation of an individual in the media. It addresses the following problem: “How do the cinematic means of both the biographical fictional film Monster and the biographical documentary Angel of Death have different influences on the audience’s understanding of Aileen Wuornos, and how does Murray Smith’s theory The Structure of Sympathy contribute to the understanding of the formation of sympathy with a character whose actual behavior, you normally would dissociate yourself from morally?” This question arises due to the paradox, which occurs in the film Monster – that being the identification and the sympathy the audience creates for a character, whose real actions were to kill several men. The purpose of this assignment is therefore to analyze the cinematic means of both Monster and Angel of Death and to compare and discuss the results of these, concerning how the cinematic means affect the audience’s creation of sympathy for the character. Besides the use of Murray Smith’s theory, this assignment includes the use of these other theorists’ papers: Erving Goffman (theory of social interactions), Ib Bondebjerg (theory of the documentary as a genre) and Torben Grodal (theory of the psychological effect films have on the audience). It furthermore concludes that the cinematic means of Monster and Angel of Death affects the audience in two very different ways, even though they are alike. This means that the creation of sympathy with Aileen Wuornos differs largely from the one genre to the other.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2013


  • Murray Smith
  • dokumentarfilm
  • Fiktionsfilm
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Virkemidler