Trigger Warning – abusive relationships.
The goal with this blogpost is to build on the post I wrote the other day about the importance of themes in fiction. I’ll be exploring the themes and thematic importance of characters a particular work of fiction and their relation to the real world, in this case the first season of Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
Jessica Jones is the story of a superpowered private investigator in the superheroic world of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ – the world of The Avengers. The scale of the story is smaller, making the tone more grounded and noirish. The first season covers Jessica fighting against her abusive ex-boyfriend Kilgrave.
For the purpose of this analysis I’ll be focusing on the following key themes:
- Abusive relationships
- Entitlement and abuse of power
- Trauma, PTSD and guilt
- Female solidarity and empowerment
- Male allies and ‘nice guys’
and the following key characters:
- Jessica Jones – a superpowered private investigator
- Kilgrave – her superpowered, abusive ex-boyfriend
- Trish Walker – Jessica’s closest friend
- Jeri Hogarth – Jessica’s lawyer and employer
- Hope Shlottman – Jessica’s client and a fellow victim of Kilgrave
- Will Simpson – Trish’s love interest, a cop and an ally to Jessica and Trish
- Luke Cage – Jessica’s on-off lover and ally
- Dorothy Walker – Trish’s mother, a TV executive
- Albert and Louise Thompson – Kilgrave’s parents
- Malcolm Ducasse – Jessica’s neighbour
- Dr Wendy Hogarth-Ross – Jeri’s wife
- Pam the Secretary – Jeri’s secretary and girlfriend
- Guy in the Jacket
- Guy at the Bar