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Feminism in American Horror Story: Coven

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Emilie Fay

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of Feminism in American Horror Story: Coven

Why Should You Care?
With all of the strong female roles in
American Horror Story: Coven
, Ryan Murphy does a good job at portraying his idea of feminism and that TV shows should have more female roles in them.
Characters in AHS
Summary of
The viewer is first introduced to Zoe (played by Taissa Farmiga) who discovers she's a witch by killing her boyfriend during sex.
Her mom sends her to a school for witches called Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since Fiona's powers are getting weaker all the witches are trying to learn the Seven Wonders so they can take Fiona's place as supreme.
If one of the witches is able to perform the Seven Wonders then Fiona will die and that witch will take her powers.
Fiona does not want to die so she starts trying to kill off the other witches so she can be supreme forever.
Feminism in
Out of the thirteen main roles, nine of them are female and only four of them are male.
All of the male characters are dominated by the female characters.
Three out of the four male characters die in the end.
Inside the Coven
Critics of
“In Coven, Ryan Murphy takes people who don't have much of a voice in this country. Older women, African-Americans, social outcasts—and turns them into almighty creatures, able to prey on the young and entitled, and occasionally kill white boys with their vaginas,” -Critic Melissa Maerz

"There's still blood and gore all over the floor, mind you. Not to mention rape, gruesome torture and evil run riot, and that's just the first episode. But there's also a lightness of touch and tone, a back light of sly humor and, more important, a clearly delineated narrative," -Mary McNamara,
Los Angeles Times

"Every AHS series has now featured at least one [rape scene]. Isn't it time to move on? At least he and his collaborators, as usual, do their best to soften the blows with healthy doses of camp and humor," -Chuck Barney,
San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
Feminism in
American Horror Story: Coven
By Emilie von Fay

Marie Laveau
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Misty Day
Spalding is the creepy buteer who is in love with Fiona.
Hank who is married to Cordelia and is secretly a witch hunter.
The Axeman is a ghost that Zoe accidentally brings back. Also in love with Fiona.
Kyle is a frat boy that Madison kills. Zoe and her bring him back to life and him and Zoe fall in love.
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