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  • Titill er á ensku Gender Equality in the Wizarding World? A Feminist Analysis of the Harry Potter Novels
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    This essay explores the differences between various female characters presented in the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. I demonstrate how they vary by using three situations that each applies to several notable female characters. Firstly I look at how four women of various ages: Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Ginny Weasley and Fleur Delacour, deal with being in love, the relationships they do or could have and how relations with the opposite sex affect them. I discuss their own behaviour, whether their character is consistent or surprising, and to a lesser extent the behaviour of those around them. Secondly I explore the women that qualify as mother figures to Harry: Professor McGonagall, Mrs. Weasley and Petunia Dursley. I look at whether they are strong or weak and how being in the stereotypical female role of housewife can vary drastically from character to character. Lastly I discuss house-elves, focusing on Winky and Dobby. I explore the role these two have as well as the part house-elves as a whole play and also how house-elves, male or female, represent oppressed and abused women. Scholarly discussion on the female characters, human and non-human, and how well Rowling has written them is not abundant, but it does exist. Of course there is no unanimous view on this topic but in this essay I take the side of those who believe that women are well represented by Rowling. I fully acknowledge that the female characters are by no means perfect, but as a whole they are realistic, which in my opinion is better than them being perfect. By going through the three aforementioned topics I conclude that while Rowling may not have set out to write feminist novels, which she did not, the female characters are not only well written, but positive and important, despite having flaws.

  • 18.1.2013

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