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Action Adventure: Conventions, Aesthetics, and Structure

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Spielberg, 1984) has established itself as a classic action adventure film. This film, true to the series, plays on the elements of asserting white male masculinity as a symbol of modernity and superiority of the West. Through these ideas, the film operates by displaying action sequences, usually violent, to further elements described above through the main character, Indiana Jones. This film combines the action-adventure genre with western ideology through the representation of white superiority and modernity. Ultimately, it reinforces dominant ideologies and conventions of classical Hollywood surrounding gender, class, and nationalism. In Temple of Doom, the audience is immediately introduced to the character Short Round (or Shorty), an eleven-year-old Chinese boy that serves as Indy’s side-kick. It is noteworthy to point out that very few main characters are not white; however, when a Chinese character is cast, he is cast as a young boy (an attempt at emasculation) who serves mainly as comic relief for the plot and story. It is …