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“I guess I was a mystery even to myself” : the identity of Ari Mendoza in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Author: Hautamäki, Jenni1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)
Pages: 65
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-202202161250
Language: English
Published: Oulu : J. Hautamäki, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-02-18
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
Reviewer: Siromaa, Maarit
Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
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Abstract

This thesis studies the representation of identity formation of the character of Ari Mendoza in Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The character analysis is divided into four themes: personality of Ari, his Mexican heritage, love and sexuality and finally, his family. Ari’s personality and family will be examined through Jung’s theory on Psyche, specifically using the concepts of persona, ego and shadow. Heritage is looked into from the perspective of representation. Love and sexuality are investigated through the idea of internalized homophobia and gender performativity. As these themes overlap with each other throughout the novel, a discussion regarding intersectionality is presented as well. The goal of the thesis is to analyse and conclude what the author has presented as who the character Ari is.

”I guess I was a mystery even to myself” : Ari Mendozan identiteetti Benjamin Alire Sáenzin kirjassa Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Tiivistelmä

Tämä pro gradu -työ tutkii hahmon Ari Mendozan identiteettiä Benjamin Alire Sáenzin kirjassa Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Analyysi on jaettu neljään teemaan: Arin luonne, hänen meksikolainen taustansa, rakkaus ja seksuaalisuus ja perhe. Arin luonnetta ja myös perhehahmoja tutkitaan Jungin psyyketeorian kautta, erityisesti keskittymällä personaan, egoon ja varjoon. Etnisyyttä tutkitaan representaation näkökulmasta. Rakkautta ja seksuaalisuutta analysoidaan sisäistetyn homofobian ja sukupuolen performatiivisuuden kautta. Koska nämä eri teemat esiintyvät limittäin, niiden intersektionaalisuudesta keskustellaan myös. Tämän pro gradu -työn tavoitteena on selvittää, miten kirjan kirjoittaja on päättänyt tuoda esille Arin hahmoa.

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