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Archetypes of Femininity in Shakespeare's Tragedies


Kanrar, Nivedita (2020) Archetypes of Femininity in Shakespeare's Tragedies. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/c69y-qw89.


Shakespeare’s works are renowned for the insight they present on the human condition. While his tragedies are defined by the journeys and suffering of male protagonists, the females of these tragedies contribute greatly to plot and character development. Though all the main female characters in Shakespeare’s tragedies die—or suffer fates worse than death—we can classify them in three types: villains, the perfect victims and tragic heroines. This classification, based on shared traits and outcomes, provides insight on the roles these women’s lives and deaths serve in the tragedies.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Hixon Writing Center, Hallett Smith Prize for Essay Devoted to Shakespeare
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:English
Awards:Hallett Smith Prize, 2020.
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Pigman, George W., III
Group:Hallett Smith Prize, Hixon Writing Center
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:2020
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09292020-081803696
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:13970
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:29 Sep 2020 18:35
Last Modified:29 Sep 2020 18:44

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