2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Children as Divine and Helpful Characters in Romantic Comedies

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Rocio Pacheco, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

Child characters in romantic comedies are not mere "helping characters" (characters who coax the two protagonists together) but really divine figures essential in moving the story forward. Young, innocent, and with no one paying any attention to them, children make good helping characters. Looking more closely at the films, The Shop Around the Corner, The Philadelphia Story and Sleepless in Seattle, however, we see that children's characters actually--and mysteriously--seem to more know about love and romantic chemistry than the adult protagonists, and use that knowledge to bring the protagonist couple to their happy ending.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

4-7-2015 2:15 PM

Panel

Film and Theater

Panel Moderator

Randall Iden

Field of Study for Presentation

American Studies, Art History, Cinema Studies, Communication, Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies

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Children as Divine and Helpful Characters in Romantic Comedies

Library 1st floor

Child characters in romantic comedies are not mere "helping characters" (characters who coax the two protagonists together) but really divine figures essential in moving the story forward. Young, innocent, and with no one paying any attention to them, children make good helping characters. Looking more closely at the films, The Shop Around the Corner, The Philadelphia Story and Sleepless in Seattle, however, we see that children's characters actually--and mysteriously--seem to more know about love and romantic chemistry than the adult protagonists, and use that knowledge to bring the protagonist couple to their happy ending.