Title

The Creation and Destruction of Mother Earth

Presenter Information

Sydney RiceFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

English Education

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Andy Black

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

In my presentation, I will analyze Darren Aronofsky’s film, mother!, as an allegory centered around man’s effect on the Earth’s environment and, inherently, the female experience. mother! is an allegory about the shrivelling Earth and about the Christian creation narrative, but this horror film is intentionally ambiguous. I will argue that because the story is grounded in a female character, the mother, it describes the struggles that female creators of art, literature, or scientific theory have faced for centuries. This idea of the earth and woman being connected is backed by budding ecofeminist theory, and is easily applicable to Aronofsky’s film. Through the centuries, women who have tried to create have been stifled and repressed; the only creation they were allowed was motherhood. Leaning on the history of literary works such as “The Yellow Wallpaper,” mother! is a piece that celebrates the creation of woman, while outlining the destruction of man.

Start Date

16-11-2018 1:30 PM

Fall Scholars Week 2018 Event

Honors College Senior Theses

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Nov 16th, 1:30 PM

The Creation and Destruction of Mother Earth

In my presentation, I will analyze Darren Aronofsky’s film, mother!, as an allegory centered around man’s effect on the Earth’s environment and, inherently, the female experience. mother! is an allegory about the shrivelling Earth and about the Christian creation narrative, but this horror film is intentionally ambiguous. I will argue that because the story is grounded in a female character, the mother, it describes the struggles that female creators of art, literature, or scientific theory have faced for centuries. This idea of the earth and woman being connected is backed by budding ecofeminist theory, and is easily applicable to Aronofsky’s film. Through the centuries, women who have tried to create have been stifled and repressed; the only creation they were allowed was motherhood. Leaning on the history of literary works such as “The Yellow Wallpaper,” mother! is a piece that celebrates the creation of woman, while outlining the destruction of man.