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"All men must die... But we are not men": En studie av kvinnor i George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire och i adaptionen Game of Thrones
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines four women in George RR Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire and the TV-series Game of Thrones that is based on Martin’s novels. The women who are discussed are: Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Brienne of Tarth. The portraying of the women is examined through close-reading and studying of key scenes in the novels and in the adaptation.               

The main goal of the study is to examine how women are portrayed in the novels and in the TV-series, and to see what differences that can be found. It is also interesting to further analyze why these differences have occurred and how they impact the way the women are perceived.

The analysis is based on adaptation theory. Since women are the focus of the study gender theory is also central for the essay.

There are several differences between the medias. A lot of the differences occur due to the nature of the media, for example the fact that it is not possible to convey thoughts in the visual media. These types of changes mostly effect the way the woman in question is perceived in that particular scene or situation. However, there are also some significant differences that are more radical, both in the way they are made, and in the effects they have on how the audience views the woman. Those kinds of changes mostly affect Daenerys and Brienne, the two women who more radically challenge gender roles in the novels, and who are, through the changes that have been made, forced into more stereotypical roles in the TV-production, which is aiming at a bigger and broader audience than the novels. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 89 p.
Keyword [sv]
George RR Martin, Game of Thrones, A song of Ice and Fire, Sagan om is och Eld, Fantasy, Adaption, Adaptionsteori, Kvinnoskildringar, TV-serie
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295332OAI: diva2:933438
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-04 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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