The The action in the second season

      The 100 through the eyes of Feminism,
Queer Studies and Psychoanalysis.

 

 

In this essay I am going to
talk about The 100 through the eyes of Feminism, Queer Studies and Psychoanalysis.
 

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In 2013  Kass Morgan has published her book “The
100″. One year later, Jason Rothenberg decided to transform Kass Morgan’s
book into a TV Series. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series, web)

The action of the first season
of the TV Series is placed 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse. In order to
ensure the mankind survival,  „The
Ark” (stuck to the Earth’s orbit) was formed. It was a station that housed
over 2400 people, divided into another 12 stations. When the leaders found out
that The Ark can no longer offer them protection, they’ve tried to find a
solution for surviving again. That’s why they decided to send a ship back to
Earth in order to find out if it is habitable again. In that ship, they sent 100 prisoners,
like Clarke Griffin, Bellamy and Octavia Blake, Jasper Collins, Monty Green,
Raven Reyes, Finn Collins, John Murphy and Wells Jaha. The 100 kids that were
sent back to Earth discovered a lot of things, that some part of the humanity
has survived: the Grounders that were divided into clans, other Grounders that
were cannibals and Mountain Men( they were living in Mount Weather) who were
staying in the Mount before the apocalypse. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series,
web). The action in the
second season is placed into the Mount Weather or on Earth. A lot of conflicts and battles took place. The
ones from the 100’s that
remained alive were taken to Mount Weather. Clarke felt that something wasn’t alright. The Mountain Men were using their
blood so that they could survive in the outside world
because they couldn’t stand
radiation. The
life conditions on The Ark were
worsening so they tried to
come back to Earth. In order to save the kids that were prisoners on Mount
Weather, the people from The Ark made an alliance with the Grounders. (Source: Wikipedia,
The 100, TV Series, web)

In the third season, Jaha has
found A.L.I.E, who was made by the 13 station on space. A.L.I.E is the one that
made the nuclear apocalypse happen. In the end, Clarke is the one that has destroyed A.L.I.E. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV
Series, web)

In the fourth season, the
humankind confronts with a new problem: the planet will be hit by another wave
of radiation stronger than the one from 97 years ago. That’s the reason why The
Grounders and the people from Arkadia will collaborate for finding a way to get
of this alive. (Source: Wikipedia, The 100, TV Series, web)

From my point of view, one
of the feminist characters from this TV Series is Clare Griffin. From the moment
when the ship with the 100 prisoners reached the ground, she proved that she’s
smart, kind, trustworthy and determined. Clarke fought for equality, she
was a supporter of “freedom
from discrimination ” ( Handout 4) and she even gave second
chances to the ones that have done wrong things, like John Murphy.
Constantly, she was
concerned with the needs of the ones around her. She and Bellamy had a fight
with each other because they didn’t know who should be in charge on the ground.
Clarke is the one that suggested that they need water and food in order to
survive and they can obtain those only if they decide to work together. Because
she’s the daughter of the doctor from the Ark, whose one of the leaders, the
kids tend not to listen to her advice, but slowly when they realize that she’s
right, she gained their respect. (Fandom Wikia, Web, Study Breaks, web) Even if
she’s just 18 “she is courageous, artistic, fierce and incredibly
smart for her age when it comes to political decisions, quickly gaining the
utmost respect from her fellow delinquents.” ( Source: THE
GROUNDBREAKING FEMINISM IN THE CW’S ‘THE 100’ : https://studybreaks.com/news-politics/the-100/ ) By making a lot of sacrifices for assuring the welfare of the others
she proved herself worthy to be called a leader.  She stopped A.L.I.E and
tried to find solutions for ensuring the humankind salvation. But,
maybe because she’s young or because of the lost of her father, she also took
bad decisions. Together with Bellamy, they exposed the pople from Mount Weather
to radiation, causing their deaths. As a consequence, they’ve lost Jasper
trust, because he was in love with a Mountain girl. She received the name
Wanheda for killing the Mountain Men from the Grounders. ( Source: Fandom
Wikia, Clarke Griffin, web)

In this TV Series, Clarke fought also for “freedom
from the corset of patriarchal gender norms” (Handout 4) and her character was
created in opposition to “Heteronormativity”: “the ideology according to which
everyone should aspire toward the picture-perfect traditional family” (Handout
4).  She came out as bisexual and had relationships in the first season with
Finn, in the third one with Lexa, the commander of the Grounders and in the
fourth one with Niylah, who
were both women. And, in the end, she decided to sacrifice
herself in order to help her friends survive, by staying behind when the new wave of radiation hit the Earth.  Still, she managed to survive because of her
Nightblood blood. (Sources: Study
Breaks, web, Fandom Wikia, web) 

By being a strong character,
one that fights for the things that she believed in, by showing kindness, by fighting for equality and by not being
afraid to love even somebody of the same sex, Clarke Griffin represents a
feminist character.

 

From a psychoanalytic point of
view, in this TV Series, we can find a few concepts of psychoanalysis like
latency, ambivalence and Free Association.

This concept, latency,  can be used to describe the state of Clarke
Griffin when she realized what she had done by killing the Mountain Men. In
order to save her friends and loved ones, she has chosen to expose the people
and children, who kept them prisoners on Mount Weather, to radiation. She took
the decision together with Bellamy by saying “I bear it, so they don’t
have to.” (  Season 2, Episode 16:
“Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)”, Clarke Griffin to Bellamy when they
opened the door and allowed the radiation to enter into Mount Weather) and
right after that, she wasn’t able to understand the consequences of her acts.
She felt nothing. But, after a while, she realized what she has done, that she
has the blood of her friends and of the other people on her hands.  Clarke couldn’t find peace any longer and
decided to leave her camp, to live by herself, as sort of a punishment.  ( Source:Fandom Wikia, Web, Blood must have
blood, part 2)

Another concept can be
considered ambivalence and it can be applied to the character John Murphy. I
had different feelings about him on this four seasons. At the beginning, I
really hated him. He was a violent person, he was doing things in order to harm
the others, he was selfish. Later on, I found out why he was this kind of man:  he lost his father, who has stolen medicine
for him when he was a kid and got sick ( he committed a crime on the Ark, so he
was executed) and his mother blamed him for his father death all her life. On
the last two seasons of the TV Series, he changed. He tried to help the people
around him, he tried to obtain their forgiveness, he has stolen medicine to
help a girl, a Grounder who was affected by radiation and he learned to love
through Emori.  Beginning from this
moments, I started to see him from another light. (Source: Fandom Wikia, John
Murphy , web)

And, the other concept that
can be met into The 100 is Free Association and it can be applied to the
character Octavia Blake. On The Ark the people respected a policy: a family
could have only one child. Her mother hid her second pregnancy, and after she
was born she had to live in a compartment under the floor. Years later, she was
found by the authorities and locked up in the prison of the Ark. She was sent
to Earth with the others 99 prisoners and here, she becomes free. So, she
decided to do everything she wasn’t allowed to do on the Ark: to love, to
fight, to think, to hope. She wasn’t afraid to express her opinions, her
thoughts. Octavia is a courageous, beautiful, bold woman. (Source: Fandom
Wikia, Octavia Blake, web)

The TV Series The 100 tells
the story of humanity who fights for survival. Through the innovative ideas, strong
characters who always struggle, this TV Series has highlighted the problems
faced by the today’s society: violence, fear of failure, the repression of
homosexuality, fear of talking freely and so on.

 

Bibliography:

1.
Wikipedia, The 100: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_100_(TV_series

2.
THE GROUNDBREAKING FEMINISM IN THE CW’S ‘THE 100’ : https://studybreaks.com/news-politics/the-100/

3.
Fandom Wikia, Clarke Griffin: http://the100.wikia.com/wiki/Clarke_Griffin

4.
Fandom Wikia, Raven Reyes: http://the100.wikia.com/wiki/Raven_Reyes

5.
Fandom Wikia, Blood must have blood(part 2) : http://the100.wikia.com/wiki/Blood_Must_Have_Blood_(Part_2)

6.
Fandom Wikia, John Murphy: http://the100.wikia.com/wiki/John_Murphy

7. Fandom Wikia, Octavia Blake: http://the100.wikia.com/wiki/Octavia_Blake