Research on Sex and the City Movie

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CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION

Background of the Study
In our present day modern society, our lifestyle choices can be tremendous and overwhelming, and it is not rare to be judged based on these particular choices; who to be, what to do, how to dress and where to live. However, another and perhaps more important choice is how to speak; what to say, when to say it and what vocabulary to use. Curse words are everywhere: movies, music, conversation, 2nd grade, but why? Because they add spice to language; because the English language, if not properly spiced, can lack flavor and flair altogether. However, for some reason, as important as they have become, and as much as the are used, curse words are still looked down upon. They are somehow ‘evil’ or ‘dirty’, they can be both ‘inappropriate’ and ‘gratuitous’, they are considered ‘disgusting’ and ‘low-class’. This essay explores whether language usage differs between the two most distinct characters in the TV-show Sex and the City; Charlotte York and Samantha Jones. Sex and the City was aired from 1998 – 2004, and it became known as the controversial TV-show that dealt with groundbreaking subjects such as women’s relationship to sex, as well as the tremendous importance of female friendships. Two different areas of language usage are examined; the first part focuses on the different attitudes Charlotte and Samantha have regarding love and sex, and how it shows in their language choice. Love and sex is a crucial topic in a conversation so we can recognize and make an assumption what character that the speaker has. Researchers found in any conversation by the characters in the film series has always been stuffed with curse words. Because of that the second part of this study focuses on cursing, and how big the differences in their language usage is, based on five particular categories within the field of cursing and swear words.

Problems of the Study
Based on the background of study, the writer state the research problem as follow: 1.What are the differences in the two characters' attitudes in regards to love and sex? 2.How common the cursing is occurs in the twelve selected episodes?

Objectives of the Study
Based on the expected perceptions of Charlotte and Samantha, the purpose of the first part of this study is, a careful observation of twenty-four out of ninety-four episodes, obtain if, how and when their language usage differs. The observation mainly focuses on differences in the two characters’ attitudes in regards to love and sex. If their choice of language is divergent, the goal is then to examine under which circumstances, how and to what extent it varies. The goal of the second problem of the study is to explore how common cursing is in the TV-show, or to be more specific, how often it occurs in twelve selected episodes, as well as how often it is Charlotte or Samantha that curse. This part of the study will be based on five specific words selected from different categories in Timothy Jay’s Cursing in America (1992).

Definition of Key Terms
To avoid mistake and misunderstanding of concept used in this study, the writer gives definition of key terms that used in this study, they are: Sex and the City: is a 2008 American blue romantic comedy film that adapted by HBO comedy series of the same name. It's about four female friends: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon). Their live is as a single women in New York City. The series often portrayed frank discussions about romance and sexuality.

CHAPTER II
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

List of Topics
Jay (1992)
In his book from 1992, Cursing in America: A Psycholinguistic Study of Dirty Language in the Courts, in the Movies, in the Schoolyards and on the Streets. Timothy Jay divides cursing up into several different sub-genres. According to Jay, the choice of using the word cursing when...
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