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Den älskande kvinnan i Shakespeares dramatik: En dramatikanalys av dramerna Othello och Romeo och Juliet med fokus på Desdemona och Juliet
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The essay The loving women in Shakespeare’s dramas is based on the fact that the dramas are performed circa 400 years after they were written. That makes it intresting to examine the caractars, and especially the female parts, and particularly the loving woman. To fulfill that, I have inquired Desdemona in Othello and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. I have used eight parts of the drama analysis modelled by Birthe Sjöberg as the main research methode. The scientific aim is to investigate the loving woman in two plays of Shakespeas dramaproduction, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. The question at issue is, how does the female parts in Shakespeare’s tragedies looks like when it comes to the loving woman?

The research questions are – how are Juliet and Desdemona allowed to act? How does their love look like? How do they act? How are they as persons? What are important for them? When you investigate Juliet and Desdemona, you reach their husbands as well, so they become a part of the analysis. Are Juliet and Desdemona shaped by conventions, free will or by nature? These questions are discussed with help of Judith Butler’s theory of socialconstructivism.

Desdemona and Juliet are both very loving and free to act. Both are very beautiful and Desdemona is much appreciated as a person. Desdemona is happily married until Jago enters the scene and demands revenge because of a post he didn’t get. Romeo and Juliet are happy together but theire families destroy for them. Desdemona and Juliet are shaped by their genus that their surroundings force upon them. Both women act upon the constraints they face. Desdemona trys to obey and Juliet plays dead to escape the marriage with Paris. The analysis shows that the female part is oppressed by the culture of honour and by social circumstances as the family feud in Romeo and Juliet. Love does not survive and triumph over oppression. The patriarchate wins over emancipation, especially in Othello. Desdemona is strangled by her husband Othello and therefor she is a victim of patriarchate. The men also suffer from the patriarchate, their love can’t be free and they also die in the end.

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2019. , p. 37
Keywords [sv]
Dramatikanalys, socialkonstruktivism, allmän feminism, protofeminism
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39171DiVA, id: diva2:1359974
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Comparative Literature
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Humanities, Theology
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