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  1. Introduction.
  2. The show.
    1. Location.
    2. Expressing what modern women and feminists need to challenge.
  3. Characters.
    1. The main character of Carry.
    2. Charlotte the art dealer.
    3. The successful lawyer Miranda.
    4. The character of Mr. Big.
  4. Linguistic comparisons of the main characters.
    1. The structure of Samantha's. statements.
    2. The female characters.
  5. Is Sex and the City revolutionary?

Sex and the city is a popular American cable television program, which is adapted from Candace Bushnell's book of the same title. Sex and the city was the idea of a single woman in her thirties writing about relationships and using that column as a tool of self-discovery about her own life, sometimes even unbeknownst to herself. Daren Star wanted to make this story become a comedy about sex from a female point of view, which was totally uncharted arena on TV. He wanted to create a true adult comedy in which the sex could be handled in an up-front and honest way. Sex and the city is an urban story of four female characters in their mid 30s/ early 40s : Carrie who is the voice of the show, is a writer looking for Mr. Right; Charlotte, an art dealer with a rigid Connecticut uptight blue-blooded upbringing; Miranda is a career-minded lawyer whose experiences with men have left her cynical; and finally Samantha, the oldest of the group, is a flirty PR-executive and a seductress.

[...] She plays the role of expert in the group, and Carrie comes to her for advice. Even tough Samantha does not tend to judge her friends' actions; she expresses direct disagreement when she feels like it. With Miranda they have often strong opinion that differ. Samantha and Miranda feel the need to respond to the other one's provocation, neither do they defend themselves. Mr. Big, his name says all. From the moment he came at the scream, he was larger than life, dashingly handsome, and unattainable. [...]


[...] However, she also has a warm and compassionate side, and she generally supports her friends and contributes to the flow of the conversation, for instance by asking a considerable number of questions. This also means that she is controlling member of the group as she decides in which direction the conversation goes. Miranda is often sceptical of or offended at what the others are saying and is not afraid of expressing her disagreement. A pattern seems to be evolving: Charlotte and Carrie use conventionally female linguistic features while Miranda and Samantha employ a male set of characteristics. [...]

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