Vinsamlegast notið þetta auðkenni þegar þið vitnið til verksins eða tengið í það: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/25972
The primary purpose of this study is to investigate and identify the reality content of the biography of Pablo Escobar (1949-1993), Colombia’s most famous drug cartel leader, in the Netflix series Narcos (2015) and to provide the reader with a general overview of his life, his appearance in the series and the historical background of Colombia between 1930 and 1990. In the first part, the reader is introduced to the general content of the thesis, presenting statistics of the cocaine consumption in the United States during the ‘80s and nowadays, while in addition the increasing number of heroin addicts in the United States is exposed, hence offering a context to the current importance of the theme of trafficking.
The thesis then discusses relevant events in Colombian history, politics and society during the 1930s and 1990s, offering a broad view of the society in which Pablo Escobar grew up. Following, the third chapter investigates Pablo Escobar’s biography, referring to his family and business relations, his convictions and values in life, as well as his striving for becoming president of Colombia, affecting not only the history of Colombia’s society, but also the one of the United States. The aim of the fourth chapter is to compare the historical acquainted happenings with how they are represented in the series Narcos (2015), analysing if they are presented in an objective or subjective manner, representing real occurrences or creating a dramatized fiction of Pablo Escobar’s life. In conclusion, the thesis argues that the series represents real events in a realistic and authentic manner, while simultaneously embeds them in a frame of fictional additions that are supposed to dramatize the argument.
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