The critique of women in Shakespeare's plays

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The critique of women in Shakespeare's plays

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dc.contributor.advisor Myers, Anne en_US
dc.contributor.author Tesch, Amy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-10T17:12:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-10T17:12:25Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.date.submitted 2011 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10687
dc.description.abstract In 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.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2011 Spring theses (MU)
dc.subject Elizabethan literature en_US
dc.subject social standing en_US
dc.subject status of women en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Macbeth
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Othello
dc.title The critique of women in Shakespeare's plays en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline English en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name B.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Bachelors en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of English


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    The honors theses produced by the students of the Department of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011.

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