Undergraduate Research Paper
This paper examines the film Me Before You using a sociological analysis with the sub-components of deviance, manifest function, latent function, and alienation. It will also focus on hegemonic and subordinate masculinities and disability and how it is portrayed in Hollywood movies. This paper makes use of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and work of prominent scholars that focuses on heterosexual, masculine men, as well as euthanasia and disability.
Hollywood portrays as vulnerable, a “drain” on society’s resources, and (for men) as less masculine. In this sense, disabled men become alienated both on and off screen. Therefore, the manifest function of the film Me Before You is showing the disabled as sensitive and vulnerable with special needs and a romance, but the latent function reveals that Hollywood really thinks of disabled community as “better dead than disabled.”
University of Washington Tacoma
Dr. Ellen Moore
"Better Dead than Disabled: Analysis of Me Before You,"
Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship: Vol. 3:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.tacoma.uw.edu/access/vol3/iss1/3