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Jack Bauer: the smart warrior's Faustian gift
Faculty of Creative Arts - Papers (Archive) (2008)
  • Marcus O'Donnell, University of Wollongong

Jack Bauer of the television series 24 is a highly charged contemporary mythic character who exists in powerful relationship to past and present real-world and fictional figures. If Rambo was a classic Reagan era cinematic ‘hard body’ (Jeffords, 1994), Jack is the archetypal Bush ‘smart warrior’ in a post-Patriot Act era. Like Rambo, Reagan’s displays of bravado were decisive and successfully staged; however, George Bush has faced a multiplying set of uncertainties. This sets up a more complex set of relations between Jack, George W. Bush and contemporary masculinities than those presented by the Reagan era. Jack is both an emblem of unimpeded presidential will and a parable of its Faustian consequences.

  • Jack,
  • Bauer,
  • smart,
  • warrior,
  • Faustian,
  • gift
Publication Date
January 1, 2008
Publisher Statement

O''Donnell, M. (2008). Jack Bauer: the smart warrior''s Faustian gift. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources, (129), 33-45.

Citation Information
Marcus O'Donnell. "Jack Bauer: the smart warrior's Faustian gift" Faculty of Creative Arts - Papers (Archive) (2008)
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