Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Richard Jensen

Number of Pages



The following study is an examination of three fictional characters from popular film in an attempt to define the role of cultural myth in American society and demonstrate how these myths are distributed through popular culture media. The study will examine the film history of each character, analyze which myths these characters perpetuate, and attempt to explain the impact such myths have on a given audience; To gain a better understanding of society, scholars need to examine the books people read, the music they listen to, and the films they watch. It is the hope that this study will lend a greater insight to the importance of cultural myth and its significance in reinforcing American values and beliefs. In addition, it is the hope that this study will serve as encouragement for future studies addressing the relationship between communication and popular culture.


Celluloid; Characters; Cultural; Fictional; Film; Heroes; Myth; Popular; Study; Vehicles

Controlled Subject

Rhetoric; Motion pictures--Study and teaching; Ethnology

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2682.88 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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