Flickan som räddar världen. : En undersökning av flickan och makten i Hungerspelen och Engelsforstrilogin utifrån Foucaults teorier om makt

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Södertörns högskola/Institutionen för kultur och lärande

Sammanfattning: Through Close reading of the two trilogies The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Engelsfors trilogy by Sara Elf Bergsmark and Mats Strandberg this thesis aim is to examine the popular literary theme with a young girl who saves the world.  This thesis approach this through Michel Foucault’s theories of both discourse theory and analysis of power. By using discourse theory this thesis first examines what it means to be a girl, in both the literary worlds and our own. The result shows that the girls have very different approaches to what it means to be a girl. What they do have in common is that they all relate to an understanding of a concept of the right way to be a girl, as if there was a blueprint version of the true girl. In the second part the girls approach to power and how they find ways to show resistance is studied. Foucault argues that power is a part of all human relationships and that power always is possible to change. By exanimating everyday life experiences where power and control is exercised, different ways in which the girls lives that were shaped by this power was revealed. The analysis show that the power influences their lives in even the smallest ways and affect what they say, their dreams and their thoughts. By becoming more aware of how their societies are constructed they find ways to fight back and show resistance. Collaborations between people of different background and class is an important element in both trilogies and through the girls commitment they become aware of how they can be a part of and lead their societies to change. In both books, the worlds the girls live in is changed for the better.

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