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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 5 / No. 2 / Published : 2016-02

Order : 6, and page :134 - 140

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Original Article :

From enchantress to murderess: the portrayal of amy dunne as ‘femme fatale’ in gillian flynn’s gone girl

Author :

  1. Sandra Widya Resti*1
  2. Titien Diah Soelistyarini*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

The portrayal of femme fatale can be traced back to ancient mythology, fairy tales, and classic literature. In contemporary literature, femme fatale is revived through Gilllian Flynn’s Gone Girl whose story revolves around a married woman plotting revenge against her own husband. This study aims to reveal the portrayal of femme fatale through the main character of this novel, Amy Dunne,  and whether such portrayal reinforces or resists patriarchy. Applying feminist literary criticism, this study utilizes Beauvoir’s concept of ‘Other’, marriage, and the myth of woman to examine the connection between femme fatale and feminism. This study reveals that Amy Dunne shows the quality of femme fatale through her rejection against traditional gender roles, ‘Other’, and patriarchy. However, in the end it is revealed that the portrayal of femme fatale does not necessarily reinforce the spirit of feminism, rather, it disempowers feminism and upholds patriarchy. Hence, this study concludes that the femme fatale character in the novel is a form of anti-feminist, patriarchy-centred, and misogynistic representation.

Keyword :

feminism, femme fatale, Other, patriarchy, traditional gender roles,

References :

  1. Coumans, C., (2012). The Femme Fatale: A Sef-Fulfilling Prophecy. - : Utrecht: Utrecht University
  2. Dijkstra, B., (1986). Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture. - : New York: Oxford University Press
  3. Walters, M., (2005). Feminism: A Very Short Introduction. - : Oxford: Oxford University Press

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