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Title: A Postcolonialist Analysis on the Portrayal of House-Elves as Glaves in J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire
Authors: Windarti, Estiningtyas Retno
Keywords: colonialism;post-colonialism;imperialism;civilization;racism;slavery
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Program Studi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris FBS-UKSW
Abstract: Harry Potter, one of the most popular literary works in its time, presents the adventurous experiments of a boy in the wizarding world with magical cr eatures. Apart from its popularity, there, also lays another issue behind its story: the House Elves enslavement. Interestingly, in this magical-world novel, the magical creatures are shown inferior to humans, and are dehumanized by having no power against the unjust wizarding society with no one standing for their rights. Using Postcolonialism perspectives, this study aimed to analyze the enslavement of the House -Elves: how the novel portrays the elves as slaves, and how slavery had led them to live as a „contested culture?: Fanon?s idea to describe a culture which is frozen as the effect of slavery or colonialism. The findings show that the enslavement of the House -Elves was a product of force or oppression, rather than an act of free will, and that the enslavement of the House-Elves has made them live as a „contested culture?, where punishments and violence are used to wipe out their tradition, culture, identity, and education.
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