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Title: Character Functions and Functional Schemes in The Equalizer Film Based on Vladimir Propp’s Structural Theory
Authors: Muhammad Agung Wicaksono
Advisors: Akhmad Zakky
Keywords: Character;Propp’s functions;Structural Approach
Issue Date: 27-Jan-2017
Abstract: This thesis aims to observe the character functions and the functional schemes as the plot through structural approach in The Equalizer (2014), a film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk. By using qualitative method and descriptive analysis technique, this research explains character functions on the main characters and functional schemes through Vladimir Propp’s theory named ―functions‖. Furthermore, to support the analysis, the writer also uses characterization by Boggs and Petrie. Based on the research findings, the writer concludes that there are six character functions out of seven in The Equalizer film; they are the hero, the dispatcher, the princess, the donor, the helper, and the villain. After that, there are nineteen out of thirty-one functions that available in the film. The data on this research shows that the story constructs Robert McCall’s movements as the hero obviously from the beginning to the last in order to defeat the Russian Mafias, and then saves Alina as the princess from their threats. This research figures ―function‖ is an action or event defined from the point of view of its significance for the course of the action. This is a fundamental theory in Propp’s system. In practice, this means that ―Function = Action (or Event) + Position‖ in the sequence. The same actions have different morphological values depending on its place in the story. As a result, in The Equalizer film, the six character functions can be applied to the nineteen functional schemes, which is to define or designate units of meaning as part of the story process
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