Feminist Theory Of Witchcraft And Sisterhood

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Savannah Harrington

Serial Narratology

Dr. Clemmons

27 April 2017

Charmed: Feminist Theory of Witchcraft and Sisterhood

On the surface of the American television series Charmed is the story of three ideal sisters with ideal lives. Piper, Phoebe and Prue Halliwell are wives with children and careers, and all three of them are witches—the charmed ones—whose powers with magic are stronger when they work together. Feminist theory is inscribed in the narrative world of these three sisters. As female leads, they are portrayed as “transcending the typical media boundaries of females.” (The Artifice). Piper, Phoebe and Prue all challenge the various stereotypes previously attached to the portrayal of women in narratives.

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The Avatars, for example, all magical creatures who once were rulers of the entire world. Upon their demise, their power was tested, and a potion was created which was so powerful that it was the only thing in the world that could kill an Avatar. Like the sisterhood of Phoebe, Piper and Prue, if an Avatar dies it affects all of them, and eventually exposes their weaknesses individually and as a group.

The magical creatures that exist in Charmed are very different from the Avatars. It is understood whether a magical creature is good or bad in their intentions and in their nature; but this is not the case for the Avatar collective. They are on their own agenda. They never claim to be good or bad. Unlike the sisters, the Avatars are not looking to save innocent lives or fulfill prophecies—they actually have no agenda at all. Ultimately, their goal is to rule the world however they want to. To them, the only thing that mattered was attaining a perfect world with no intentions of being good or evil. They linger and they wait patiently. Although they are persistent, they are not intrusive on others, instead they will only appear and act whenever someone is ready for them and a Utopian world order.

The dynamics in the series are highly political and they represent real world constructs. They raise a question of immortality and humanity and breaks many moral codes. The series reveals the complications of earthly power to its audience and it resolves these by diminishing the
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