In this essay I am going totalk about The 100 through the eyes of Feminism, Queer Studies and Psychoanalysis. In 2013 Kass Morgan has published her book “The100”. One year later, Jason Rothenberg decided to transform Kass Morgan’sbook into a TV Series. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series, web)The action of the first seasonof the TV Series is placed 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse.
In order toensure the mankind survival, „TheArk” (stuck to the Earth’s orbit) was formed. It was a station that housedover 2400 people, divided into another 12 stations. When the leaders found outthat The Ark can no longer offer them protection, they’ve tried to find asolution for surviving again.
That’s why they decided to send a ship back toEarth in order to find out if it is habitable again. In that ship, they sent 100 prisoners,like Clarke Griffin, Bellamy and Octavia Blake, Jasper Collins, Monty Green,Raven Reyes, Finn Collins, John Murphy and Wells Jaha. The 100 kids that weresent back to Earth discovered a lot of things, that some part of the humanityhas survived: the Grounders that were divided into clans, other Grounders thatwere cannibals and Mountain Men( they were living in Mount Weather) who werestaying in the Mount before the apocalypse. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series,web).
The action in thesecond season is placed into the Mount Weather or on Earth. A lot of conflicts and battles took place. Theones from the 100’s thatremained alive were taken to Mount Weather. Clarke felt that something wasn’t alright. The Mountain Men were using theirblood so that they could survive in the outside worldbecause they couldn’t standradiation. Thelife conditions on The Ark wereworsening so they tried tocome back to Earth.
In order to save the kids that were prisoners on MountWeather, the people from The Ark made an alliance with the Grounders. (Source: Wikipedia,The 100, TV Series, web) In the third season, Jaha hasfound A.L.I.E, who was made by the 13 station on space. A.
L.I.E is the one thatmade the nuclear apocalypse happen. In the end, Clarke is the one that has destroyed A.
L.I.E. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TVSeries, web)In the fourth season, thehumankind confronts with a new problem: the planet will be hit by another waveof radiation stronger than the one from 97 years ago. That’s the reason why TheGrounders and the people from Arkadia will collaborate for finding a way to getof this alive. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series, web)From my point of view, oneof the feminist characters from this TV Series is Clare Griffin.
From the momentwhen the ship with the 100 prisoners reached the ground, she proved that she’ssmart, kind, trustworthy and determined. Clarke fought for equality, shewas a supporter of “freedomfrom discrimination ” ( Handout 4) and she even gave secondchances to the ones that have done wrong things, like John Murphy.Constantly, she wasconcerned with the needs of the ones around her.
She and Bellamy had a fightwith each other because they didn’t know who should be in charge on the ground.Clarke is the one that suggested that they need water and food in order tosurvive and they can obtain those only if they decide to work together. Becauseshe’s the daughter of the doctor from the Ark, whose one of the leaders, thekids tend not to listen to her advice, but slowly when they realize that she’sright, she gained their respect. (Fandom Wikia, Web, Study Breaks, web) Even ifshe’s just 18 “she is courageous, artistic, fierce and incrediblysmart for her age when it comes to political decisions, quickly gaining theutmost respect from her fellow delinquents.” ( Source: THEGROUNDBREAKING FEMINISM IN THE CW’S ‘THE 100’ : https://studybreaks.com/news-politics/the-100/ ) By making a lot of sacrifices for assuring the welfare of the othersshe proved herself worthy to be called a leader.
She stopped A.L.I.E andtried to find solutions for ensuring the humankind salvation.
But,maybe because she’s young or because of the lost of her father, she also tookbad decisions. Together with Bellamy, they exposed the pople from Mount Weatherto radiation, causing their deaths. As a consequence, they’ve lost Jaspertrust, because he was in love with a Mountain girl. She received the nameWanheda for killing the Mountain Men from the Grounders.
( Source: FandomWikia, Clarke Griffin, web)In this TV Series, Clarke fought also for “freedomfrom the corset of patriarchal gender norms” (Handout 4) and her character wascreated in opposition to “Heteronormativity”: “the ideology according to whicheveryone should aspire toward the picture-perfect traditional family” (Handout4). She came out as bisexual and had relationships in the first season withFinn, in the third one with Lexa, the commander of the Grounders and in thefourth one with Niylah, whowere both women. And, in the end, she decided to sacrificeherself in order to help her friends survive, by staying behind when the new wave of radiation hit the Earth. Still, she managed to survive because of herNightblood blood. (Sources: StudyBreaks, web, Fandom Wikia, web) Bybeing a strong character, one that fights for the things that she believed in,by showing kindness, by fighting for equality andby not being afraid to love even somebody of the same sex, Clarke Griffinrepresents a feminist character.
From a psychoanalytic point ofview, in this TV Series, we can find a few concepts of psychoanalysis likelatency, ambivalence and Free Association.This concept, latency, can be used to describe the state of ClarkeGriffin when she realized what she had done by killing the Mountain Men. Inorder to save her friends and loved ones, she has chosen to expose the peopleand children, who kept them prisoners on Mount Weather, to radiation.
She tookthe decision together with Bellamy by saying “I bear it, so they don’thave to.” ( Season 2, Episode 16:”Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)”, Clarke Griffin to Bellamy when theyopened the door and allowed the radiation to enter into Mount Weather) andright after that, she wasn’t able to understand the consequences of her acts.She felt nothing.
But, after a while, she realized what she has done, that shehas the blood of her friends and of the other people on her hands. Clarke couldn’t find peace any longer anddecided to leave her camp, to live by herself, as sort of a punishment. ( Source:Fandom Wikia, Web, Blood must haveblood, part 2)Another concept can beconsidered ambivalence and it can be applied to the character John Murphy. Ihad different feelings about him on this four seasons.
At the beginning, Ireally hated him. He was a violent person, he was doing things in order to harmthe others, he was selfish. Later on, I found out why he was this kind of man: he lost his father, who has stolen medicinefor him when he was a kid and got sick ( he committed a crime on the Ark, so hewas executed) and his mother blamed him for his father death all her life.
Onthe last two seasons of the TV Series, he changed. He tried to help the peoplearound him, he tried to obtain their forgiveness, he has stolen medicine tohelp a girl, a Grounder who was affected by radiation and he learned to lovethrough Emori. Beginning from thismoments, I started to see him from another light. (Source: Fandom Wikia, JohnMurphy , web)And, the other concept thatcan be met into The 100 is Free Association and it can be applied to thecharacter Octavia Blake.
On The Ark the people respected a policy: a familycould have only one child. Her mother hid her second pregnancy, and after shewas born she had to live in a compartment under the floor. Years later, she wasfound by the authorities and locked up in the prison of the Ark. She was sentto Earth with the others 99 prisoners and here, she becomes free. So, shedecided to do everything she wasn’t allowed to do on the Ark: to love, tofight, to think, to hope. She wasn’t afraid to express her opinions, herthoughts.
Octavia is a courageous, beautiful, bold woman. (Source: FandomWikia, Octavia Blake, web)The TV Series The 100 tellsthe story of humanity who fights for survival. Through the innovative ideas, strongcharacters who always struggle, this TV Series has highlighted the problemsfaced by the today’s society: violence, fear of failure, the repression ofhomosexuality, fear of talking freely and so on.
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