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The Jodi Arias Saga: A Tragic Drama | Abstract
Sociology and Criminology-Open Access

Sociology and Criminology-Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2375-4435

Abstract

The Jodi Arias Saga: A Tragic Drama

Kouri K

On June 4, 2008, 27 year old Jodi Ann Arias murdered her lover, 30 year old Travis Alexander. Demonized in the popular press, Arias is often depicted as a crazy jealous angry sociopath who had a fatal attraction toward a man who was largely indifferent to her. Yet when her story is examined from a feminist perspective, the gendered sociological and psychological forces that influenced her decision to commit the brutal crime become apparent. The all encompassing rage that fueled her violent action was at least partially the result of being used, degraded and held to a double standard by a man who, at first glance, seemed to be her prince charming. As such, Jodi Arias is not the monster she has been portrayed to be. Her story can instead be likened to a tragic play.

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