Publication Year

1985

Keywords

dramas, literature, social order, heroines, tragedies, women

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Women's Studies

Abstract

'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Maid's Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil, and The Changling are all portraits of what happens when the social order is disrupted by a forbidden love affair. The plays revolve around central female figures who choose to go against the dictates of society and are destroyed as the tragic result of their choices. The social order is shown to be corrupt, but in spite of this (or perhaps because of this) the society is powerful enough to destroy these women who have defied it, even if much of the order is destroyed with them.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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