Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
School of Communication
In the television series Once Upon A Time, evil is portrayed as a circumstance rather than a character trait. Characters shift toward and away from evil; the evil character suddenly shows redeeming qualities and the good character becomes consumed with revenge. This unusual approach to depicting evil in a television adaptation centering upon fairy tales rejects the clear distinction between good and evil typically present in the written stories. A close reading of Regina and Snow’s narratives and rhetorical analysis of visuals in the show reveal good and evil as fluid concepts – developing and shifting within and between characters.
Hodapp, Eleanor, "“Evil Isn’t Born, It’s Made”: As Communicated in Once Upon A Time" (2016). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones. 28.