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dc.contributor.advisorMyers, Anneen_US
dc.contributor.authorTesch, Amy
dc.date.issued2011-05
dc.date.submitted2011 Springen_US
dc.description.abstractIn many of William Shakespeare's plays, women play a central role in moving the plot forward. These women become catalysts for the drama that unfolds, especially in Shakespeare's tragedies, where the reactions of the other characters depend on the actions of the women. Desdemona from Othello and Lady Macbeth from Macbeth play this role in their respective plays. Both women play similar roles even though their personalities are vastly different. Desdemona becomes an almost stereotypical woman once she marries Othello. This new personality affects her negatively because it ultimately leads to her demise. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, blurs gender lines by acting similar to a man for personal gain. But, like Desdemona, her personality leads to her death. Shakespeare uses Desdemona and Lady Macbeth as important plot devices and to experiment with gender roles. His female characters then become subtle critics on Elizabethan society's traditions and views of women.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10687
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Spring theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of English
dc.subjectElizabethan literatureen_US
dc.subjectsocial standingen_US
dc.subjectstatus of womenen_US
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Macbeth
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Othello
dc.titleThe critique of women in Shakespeare's playsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelBachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US


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