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Gender Representation in the Face of Violence - HTGAWM
by Lyndsey Armacost

We will examine how "How to Get Away with Murder" represents gender differently in the face of violence by looking at the personalities of Wes, Michaela, Connor, and Laurel before and after Sam Keating's murder. Does this show challenge the traditional gender binary in terms of how the characters react to and handle violence?

This lecture contains clips of Wes, Michaela, Connor, and Laurel's behavior before and after the murder of Sam. Along with the commentary, please help us in answering the question of whether "How to Get Away with Murder" challenges or purports the traditional gender binary in these four character's reactions to violence, specifically the murder of Sam.

Michaela + Wes Before Murder by Shonda Rhimes (2015) Michaela and Wes in the first class.
Wes After Murder by Shonda Rhimes (2015) Wes after the murder.
Michaela After Murder by Shonda Rhimes (2015) Michaela cannot move or speak after the murder occurs.
Connor Walsh by Shonda Rhimes (2015) Connor Walsh in How to Get Away with Murder quickly goes insane when faced with murder and violence.
Connor's Seduction by Shonda Rhimes (2014) Connor uses his sexuality in order to get the information he needs, much like the femme fatales we have seen throughout this course.
Laurel Returns the Ring by Shonda Rhimes (2014) After keeping its disappearance a secret, Laurel returns Michaela's engagement ring to her.
Laurel's Family Dinner by Shonda Rhimes (2014) Laurel attends a Christmas dinner at her family's house.