• Maria Donnerborg
  • Vanja Vukotic
4. term, English, Master (Master Programme)
This thesis is an intersectional analysis on the portrayal of self and identity in the television series Westworld (2016 - ) by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. This is done by examining three of the protagonists, namely Dolores Abernathy, Maeve Millay, and Bernard Lowe. Drawing from theories concerning self and identity, in particular Peter Weinreich’s Identity Structure Analysis, the most fundamental aspects were chosen for the analysis. By inspecting the differences in self and identity before and after the Hosts reach consciousness, it is demonstrated how the characteristics of the Western and Science Fiction have affected the Hosts’ identities. Furthermore, the thesis shows how Westworld utilises the Hosts to comment on the unjust treatment of minorities in society, since they can be categorised as being human.
Publication date3 Jun 2019
Number of pages116
ID: 304971353