The Role of Women in The Merchant of Venice: Wives and Daughters Ahead of Their Time

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Title:
The Role of Women in The Merchant of Venice: Wives and Daughters Ahead of Their Time
Author:
Bazzell, Jennifer Diane
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This thesis explores the role of the female characters in Williams Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. Through contextualizing the characters of Portia, Nerissa and Jessica within the world of early modern England, this study explores the ways in which these characters do not conform to traditional Renaissance values regarding the role of women as daughters and wives. By using historical documents such as behavioral manuals, sermons, and "defenses" of women from the late sixteenth and seventeenth century, this thesis explores the ways in which Shakespeare's female characters challenge traditional social norms. Through the comparison of the female characters with Queen Elizabeth and Patient Griselda, this study discusses the implications of the rebellious behavior of the women in The Merchant of Venice. This thesis concludes that Shakespeare purposely challenges strict social views put forward on women by creating female characters who challenge male authority and are celebrated for their behavior.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Shakespeare; Merchant; Portia; gender; women; Renaissance
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Theatre Arts; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Dickey, Jerry
Committee Chair:
Dickey, Jerry

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleThe Role of Women in The Merchant of Venice: Wives and Daughters Ahead of Their Timeen_US
dc.creatorBazzell, Jennifer Dianeen_US
dc.contributor.authorBazzell, Jennifer Dianeen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the role of the female characters in Williams Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. Through contextualizing the characters of Portia, Nerissa and Jessica within the world of early modern England, this study explores the ways in which these characters do not conform to traditional Renaissance values regarding the role of women as daughters and wives. By using historical documents such as behavioral manuals, sermons, and "defenses" of women from the late sixteenth and seventeenth century, this thesis explores the ways in which Shakespeare's female characters challenge traditional social norms. Through the comparison of the female characters with Queen Elizabeth and Patient Griselda, this study discusses the implications of the rebellious behavior of the women in The Merchant of Venice. This thesis concludes that Shakespeare purposely challenges strict social views put forward on women by creating female characters who challenge male authority and are celebrated for their behavior.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectShakespeareen_US
dc.subjectMerchanten_US
dc.subjectPortiaen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectwomenen_US
dc.subjectRenaissanceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre Artsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDickey, Jerryen_US
dc.contributor.chairDickey, Jerryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCole, Carrieen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHelinsky, Heatheren_US
dc.identifier.proquest2657en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749661en_US
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