Saturday, March 27, 2010

Always in Need of Rescue?: An Analysis of Female Archetypes in The Legend of Zelda Video Games

Zyzzogeton, Augsburg's own poster session/presentation/forum for undergraduate scholarly work, is fast approaching (April 15-16).  And guess what?  I'm presenting my research on feminine archetypes in The Legend of Zelda series there.  Sweet, right?  Anyway, here's the title of my paper (and poster):

"Always in Need of Rescue?: An Analysis of Female Archetypes in The Legend of Zelda Video Games"

And here's the abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine the presence and function of female archetypes as they exist in The Legend of Zelda video games, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  I played through each game, documenting both prominent and less-prominent female characters and their physical characteristics, conversations with the main character (my avatar, Link), mannerisms, and their overall contributions to the plot. The analysis consisted of a thematic examination of the above characteristics, and applied an understanding of female archetypes to the female characters.  My analysis revealed not only that female characters in The Legend of Zelda games embody common female archetypes, but also that these characters evolve with each consecutive game. 
Super cool, yeah?  Yeah, I thought so.  If you're in the area April 15th, stop by Augsburg's Oren Gateway Center between 3:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. for the poster session. 

 

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