I have a few concerns, but I’ll start with “The Social Network”.
In this movie the main character, Mark Zuckerberg, is described on Dramatica’s website as a “Change/Be-er/Female Mental Sex” character, and that the “Influence character” is Eduardo. I agree that Eduardo is one of the Influence characters, but not until the end of the film, the main influence character I feel is Erica Albright, his ex-girlfriend; and later on Edwardo, his friend, and Marylin, one of his lawyers become influence characters as well. Using Dramatica theory though, I feel that Mark Zuckerberg is a “Steadfast” character, and a do-er, and he is “Male Mental Sexed”.
When the film starts out Mark has a Hell-bent “desire” for status/power, and to be “likeable”, which is a hint to his ultimate “need” that Erica tries to get him to acknowledge. Mark has a void inside himself, which he thinks can be filled by achieving an external goal. Mark ultimately wants to be loved/“likeable”, and thinks if he achieves power and status, he will achieve his goal; so he shamelessly purses trying to come up with an idea that will get him it, which becomes his pursuit of creating Facebook, making him a “do-er”. Erica’s placement in the story is essential to Mark’s overall character arc drive, making her the most essential influence character. The first scene she is in, she initiates Mark’s feelings/the inciting incident, she then shows up again at the mid-point to fuel Mark’s feelings one last time to push him all the way to the end of his story.
Throughout the film Mark displays characteristics that suggest he is a covert narcissist. He has a low sense of self, which shows in a fragile ego which makes him feel that he needs to constantly defend himself. He views situations/problems/conflict with a very binary logic: I’m either winning or losing, I’m either being one upped or one downed; or I’m trying to one up or one down someone else. Because he feels so poorly about himself this is what motivates him to desire status and power; he wants to be a “winner”, so using his logic, that means everyone else has to be a “loser”, a very combative, competitive, and masculine way of thinking, and with the addition of toxicity this is taken to the extreme. Mark throughout the film is trying to take linear steps in order to achieve an external goal which he believes will make him achieve all his desires (If I make Facebook, and push/sell it to the public and if they like it I will become successful, and receive status and power, and as a result will become “likeable”). This is why I feel Mark is “Male Mental Sex”, not female. (It was suggested by the teacher and classmates on the video analysis on Dramatica that Facebook is a holistic idea, which is apparent, and that is why the class believed Mark is female mental sexed, but Mark did not make Facebook to “connect” with friends and loved ones, he made it to try to make a product that would be appealing to the masses of people that ultimately could/would get him status and power, and I know the film is partly a fictional telling of the creation of Facebook/the young life of Mark Zuckerberg, but in the film the most holistic ideas of Facebook did not come from Mark himself, but external sources and influences. The holistic ideas of Facebook were used as a marketing technique, every business person does this, it’s capitalism at its finest, “How do we make a product that everyone will like?”)