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On the front cover, the main image is a mid-shot of a middle-aged man who represents a villain.
He has been convicted of animal cruelty after abusing his dog. He does not appear to be very
friendly and looks intimidating. His facial expression shows him to be extremely angry and as he
is pointing threateningly towards the camera. He is described as a "thug" in the headline which
suggests how he is the villain and violent. Passersby intervened in the incident by restraining
the man and waiting for the police. These people can be seen as heroes here as they were
protecting an innocent animal. On page 1 there is a typical mug shot of a man who is exhibiting
similar stereotypical features of a criminal. He has been convicted for fraud and is labeled an
"ATM scam man" showing that he is a villain who has been found guilty of stealing money. He is
bald and possesses a hostile stare which makes him appear extremely villainous. His facial
expressions are emotionless, suggesting how he is a malicious character.
Two guests in the Manchester Hilton Hotel were arrested after a "breakfast bust-up" took place.
The two arrested culprits represent the villains within this story as their behavior was
uncivilized towards staff and police members. The police arrived to control the situation so are
considered the heroes. The staff in the Hilton received "personal remarks" as the villains were
"swearing loudly" towards them. This portrays them as being the victims in the situation as they
are innocent and handled the situation very well considering the abusive that they received.
On the front cover there is a Manchester United player: MarouaneFellani and a Manchester City
player: Vincent Kompany. Both of these footballers are iconic of the football teams they play for
as they are very famous. The colours red and blue signify each football team, which are the two
main supported teams in Manchester. Football is a very popular sport within Manchester and
these iconic figures would encourage people to buy the newspaper as they are both recognizable.
On the second page there is an image of The Hilton Hotel which is a very iconic building in
Manchester. The Beetham tower is a very popular tourist destination and is known for being
extremely modern as it is built out of glass. The building is recognizable as it is the tallest
building in Manchester and so helps anchor the audience in terms of the newspaper being local.
There is another close up image of the Hilton Hotel which shows the name and logo of the
branch of hotels. This is iconic for the Hilton Hotel as readers will see this logo and straight
away be able to identify it with the well-known hotel company.Also on the second page there is
another image of the football player Paul Scholes who plays for Manchester United. It shows
him wearing a Manchester United shirt presenting the logo which is iconic for Manchester. This
relates back to the genre of the newspaper being local as most people in Manchester will be
familiar with who Paul Scholes is and what he represents.
On the second page there is an image of Hilton Hotel, which is a key building in Manchester.
This shows that the story is one that is centred in the city of Manchester. It also shows that the
newspaper is a local one as this is very famous building andis widely known for being in
Manchester City Centre.Mise en scene over both pages also signifies the setting as the football
shirts that the footballers are wearing convey the logos of the two main Manchester teams,
highlighting the fact that the newspaper is local to Manchester. This will encourage readers to
buy as many people in the city have an interest in sport, particularly football and are likely to
support either Manchester United or Manchester City.
The man who has been convicted of animal cruelty on the front cover demonstrates Todorov’s
2nd stage of disruption as he wrongly harmed his pet in public. The 5th stage, the restoration of
equilibrium is shown in this article also as civilians who witnessed the crime decided to take the
incident into their own hands by stopping him. The police then arrived and arrested the man,
resolving the situation and punishing him for his crime. The headline for this story ‘THUGS
HORROR ATTACK ON HIS OWN DOG’ demonstrates Barthes hermeneutic code as it creates
questions for the reader, wondering what has happened. This creates a narrative enigma for the
audience which will encourage them to read the article in order to find out what has happened
in the story. Levi Strauss’theory of opposition is also shown in this article as the dog is very weak
and vulnerable in comparison to the fully grown man. This creates an opposition of weak and
strong as the dog is unable to defend itself against anextremely dangerous and violent man.
The headline on the front page ‘THUGS HORROR ATTACK ON HIS OWN DOG’ is big and bold,
standing out from the page. This suggests it is a big story, due to it being so horrific, takingthe
centre of the front page. The image with this story is in the terminal area, which puts an
emphasis on the headline rather than the image. Also, as the photograph is quite large the
reader will be drawn to looking at it regardless. The Guttenberg principle has been used on the
newspaper as the masthead has been conventionally placed in the primary optical area, allowing
readers to easily recognize it. As sport is a popular topic, the Manchester United and Manchester
City story is also in the primary optical area. This will catch a reader’s eye and encourage them
to read the newspaper as both football teams are iconic of Manchester which many people local
will support.There is quite a bright colour scheme on the newspaper as red, yellow and blue are
each used. This creates an informal look for the newspaper, a convention of a tabloid - making it
appear very attention grabbing.