The Jodi Arias Saga: A Tragic Opera

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Dr. Kristyan Kouri


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. 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. Instead, her story can be likened to the most tragic of operas.

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