Title

The Legend of Cyborg Zelda: Linking Bodies, Linking Worlds

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Abstract

Are you a cyborg? Am I a cyborg? Has our technology turned us into cyborgs, anti-cyborgs, or pro-humans? This paper analyzes the role of Donna Haraway's notion of the "cyborg myth" in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. It investigates the main characters and storyline as a message about cyborgs, probes the medium of video games as they create or discourage becoming a cyborg, and determines the player's role in the question of what and who is human. Whether or not we as the players have become post-human remains yet to be seen as we look at the creatures of Hyrule and the powers of the Triforce.

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