please note: this is a project of the year 2000, kept here as archive for www.cyberpink.de!
It is not updated anymore!
CV of Lara Croft
Private tutoring (age 3-11), Wimbledon High School for Girls (11-16), Gordounstoun Boarding School (16-18), Swiss Finishing School (18-21)
This CV of Lara Croft can be found in any fan-article about her or on any fan-webpage. It was created by Eidos when it became clear that the fans demanded to know all these things about their favourite character. As can be seen from this CV, Lara is upper-class, highly educated, physically fit, beautiful and she lives her life the way she wants to. All of these things are of very high value in our current society, therefore she can be someone we admire and find attractive.
The key attributes that are usually associated with her are: powerful, sexy, agile, charming, virtual, no-nonsense, independent, athletic, adventurous and feminine. The mix of these characteristics illustrates the recurring themes in Lara's representation (both verbal and visual): her 'masculine'/macho/hero side, her 'feminine'/erotic side and her virtuality.
We see her macho/'masculine' side when she is represented as strong, courageous, intelligent, with a no-nonsense attitude, having no scruples to do what needs to be done using her skills, determination and weapons if necessary.
Her 'feminine' side is to be found in her charm and her sexiness; she is cultivated, beautiful and has a body that will not let us forget that she is a woman. One author of a computer game magazine brought it to the point when arguing: "Lara represents independence and strength of conviction in a really feminine way - although she's tough, there's nothing at all butch about her. She still retains her feminine qualities".
It would seem that the more a woman breaks out of traditional role models - which Lara certainly does - the more she has to emphasise her femininity. Only then will her transgression be tolerated and accepted. This is not a new realisation and Lara confirms it once again.
© Birgit Pretzsch, August 2000 in case of questions or comments please mail me
All this information is basically a summary of my Masters thesis "A Postmodern Analysis of Lara Croft: Body, Identity, Reality"