A rhetoric of blood : cinematically depicting the duel
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This thesis examines the duel as a pivotal narrative event in three case studies: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Duellists (1977). I begin by introducing the duel historically and rhetorically. I argue for its importance as a cornerstone of each narrative that lends it strength to stand. In my subsequent analysis, I break the duel into its parts: the insult and challenge, role of seconds, and, finally, the combat. Analysis of the insult and challenge offers insight into the structure of narrative equilibrium and the type of transformation at work, while ...