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“Wizards haven’t got an ounce of logic”: Investigating Identity Construction in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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This essay discusses the concept and construction of identity in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and reflects on how the characters are trapped within the norms that exist in the wizarding society. Furthermore, this essay discusses gender roles to suggest that they are a major part of what makes up an identity in the fictional world of the novel. Harry Potter's identity becomes problematic for him as he enters the wizarding world. He has to transform and adapt his identity so that he is able to fit in in the new society. The essay further argues that identity construction is an interesting topic since the novel has become widely popular with a younger audience, a group that often struggles with issues related to identity construction. By analyzing segments where issues related to social norms emerge, the essay makes claims that the characters of the wizarding world are ruled by norms and expectations of how to react, often due to factors that they cannot control, for example gender. The characters also reinforce these roles in order to not lose agency, which is something that the essay argues can happen when an individual does not conform to the roles that they are assigned to.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104682OAI: diva2:724880
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-09-29Bibliographically approved

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