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Weakened Women Make the Hero: A Feminist Reading of the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire
Karlstad University.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Försvagade kvinnor skapar hjälten : En feministisk läsning av protagonisten i Slumdog Millionaire (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay explores and problematizes the relationship between the protagonist Ram and the female characters of Vikas Swarup’s novel Slumdog Millionaire. In order to analyse Ram in relation to women, feminist theory is used together with discussions of patriarchy, India and Bollywood. The analysis shows that the protagonist weakens and degrades women by focusing on their appearances, forcing them to conform to traditional gender roles, diminishing their abilities and strength and, most importantly, by saving them. Throughout the novel, women are depicted as weak victims, while Ram portrays himself as a strong, masculine, hero. This analysis suggests that his actions are due to influence from patriarchy, Indian society and Bollywood cinema.

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats problematiserar och utforskar relationen mellan huvudkaraktären Ram och de kvinnliga karaktärerna i Vikas Swarups roman Slumdog Millionaire. För att kunna analysera huvudkaraktären i relation till kvinnor, används feministisk teori, tillsammans med diskussioner om patriarkatet, Indien och Bollywood. Denna analys visar att Ram försvagar och nedvärderar kvinnor genom att fokusera på deras utseende, tvinga dem att anpassa sig till traditionella könsroller, förminska deras förmågor och styrka och, framförallt, genom att rädda dem. Genom hela romanen är kvinnor framställda som svaga offer, medan Ram porträtterar sig själv som en stark, maskulin hjälte. Denna analys hävdar att han agerar på detta sätt på grund av influenser från patriarkatet, det Indiska samhället och Bollywoodfilmer.

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2018. , p. 20
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Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire, Feminist Criticism, Literature
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66030DiVA, id: diva2:1179019
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-06Bibliographically approved

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