"My name is Max": Critiquing the toxic masculine in Mad Max: Fury Road

Jessica Seymour


This paper examines the representation of toxic masculinity in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and how the development of a ‘care circle’ around the male characters supports their progression into less destructive gender performances. ‘Masculinity’ as a concept in Western culture refers to a set of assumptions projected onto people who identify as male, and these behaviours can become toxic without criticism or intervention. By examining the character arcs of the male lead, Max Rockatansky, and the War Boy, Nux, this paper examines how masculinity is critiqued and broken down through the narrative of Fury Road.


Film; Toxic Masculinity; Gender and Development; Mad Max; Care Circle

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