Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Michael Patrick Gillespie
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
James M. Sutton
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Maneck H. Daruwala
Third Advisor's Committee Title
English language and literature
Date of Defense
This thesis explores how the identities of protagonists and antagonists are constructed in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Through analyzing the Gothic genre, racial constructs, and Ideological State Apparatuses, a system that uses social and cultural institutions to control populations of people, this thesis concludes that the protagonists’ identities are more pronounced than that of the antagonists’. The Gothic genre requires protagonists to overcome a supernatural force, so they are already given the limelight in the narrative, the most exposure to a reader. Additionally, both media use racial constructs to pit the protagonists against the antagonists, rosy-coloring the former and othering the latter. Lastly, Dracula and Amnesia: The Dark Descent are ISAs that control the characters and what they do. As a result, all characters are subjects to their world without a say-so in their fates and destinies in the narrative.
Rosales, Anais, "Dracula and Amnesia: Character Identities and Constant Subjectivism under Ideological State Apparatuses" (2020). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4602.
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