Women in Game of Thrones

Women in Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television, leaves hundreds of critics divided on how qfeministq the show really is. Certainly the female characters, strong and weak, embody a variety of archetypes--widow queens, warrior women, damsels in distress, career women, priestesses, crones, mothers and maidens. However, the problem is that most of them play a single role without nuance--even the qstrong womenq have little to do besides strut about as one-note characters. This book analyzes the women and their portrayals one by one, along with their historical inspirations. Accompanying issues in television studies also appear, from the male gaze to depiction of race. How these characters are treated in the series and how they treat themselves becomes central, as many strip for the pleasure of men or are sacrificed as pawns. Some nude scenes or moments of male violence are fetishized and filmed to tantalize, while others show the women's trauma and attempt to identify with the scene's female perspective. The key is whether the characters break out of their traditional roles and become multidimensional.... that they need light to be casta€”they represent magical strength, but not pure darkness [Frankel, Winter Is Coming, Kindle Locations 240a€“58]. ... The events of book five enact all of this, as men of all these house sigils sail toward Daenerys.

Title:Women in Game of Thrones
Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-04-14

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