Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Reader 1

John Peavoy

Reader 2

Kimberly Drake

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In George R. R. Martin's magnum opus, A Song of Ice and Fire, the fragmentation of the land mirrors a fragmentation of the self as many of Martin's characters lose their grips on their sense of identity due to the chaos caused by the ongoing civil war in Westeros and ultimately undergo an identity crisis. This thesis seeks to explore the ways in which George R. R. Martin utilizes the identity crisis as an instrument for obtaining a sense of agency and autonomy over oneself, particularly through the lens of trauma.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.