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At the Edge of the Forbidden Forest  : Analysis of Gender Characteristics in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay will examine the youth novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The aim of this essay is to find tendencies of how the novel favours non-stereotypical male behaviour and characteristics. Using gender criticism, the novel and its most central male characters are analysed to highlight their gender characteristics. Symbols and metaphors constitute a part of the analysis for a more comprehensive examination. The results of this essay show that the male characters are divided into two factions, the good side and the evil side. It is evident that the male characters on the evil side are characterised by stereotypical male gender behaviour and the male characters on the good side tend to show a lack of stereotypical masculine traits. The Fantasy genre, which dictates a strong good versus evil storyline, extends this polarisation. The stereotypical male gender roles are therefore opposed and non-stereotypical male behaviour is promoted in the narration by favouring male vulnerability and ridiculing stereotypical masculine traits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 13 p.
Keyword [en]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, Fantasy, Gender Criticism, Gender behaviour, Masculine, Feminine, Good vs. Evil, Youth Fantasy.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-8134Local ID: ENG C-24OAI: diva2:437784
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2011-05-26, Karlstad, 09:30 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-09-30 Created: 2011-08-30 Last updated: 2011-10-25Bibliographically approved

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