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Author Grennen, Mary Veronica
Title The nature/nurture dichotomy of tragic figures in Western dramatic literature
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Descript 254 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-01, Section: A, page: 0171
Core Faculty: Sherry Eve Penn
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Union Institute and University, 2005
This dissertation contains a series of essays on several tragic works of dramatic literature spanning the development of drama from its Greek beginnings to the present day. The essays attempt to integrate the theory of nature/nurture with an analysis of each play's hero (or heroine), demonstrating how the combination of their specific character traits with their individual environments determine, to a large degree, their tragic fates. Specific character traits might include a lust for power, a deep insecurity complex, an aristocratic superiority complex, a foreign background, or a tendency towards delusional thinking. Environmental factors might be domestic, political, or social, or might even include the presence of another person. As the plays are representative of many eras in Western dramatic literature, a "sketch" of each era precedes the essays. The sketches supply salient information about the social climate in which the plays were written, and about struggles faced by humans, including authors, living during that period. Immediately following the "Introduction" and "Explanation of Theory" sections are essays from four separate periods of dramatic literature: Greek Tragedy, Shakespearean Tragedy, Realism and Naturalism, and Twentieth Century Western Drama. The plays have been chosen for their ability to fairly represent each of the four periods, as well as their ability to best exemplify the idea that every human being is born with a unique set of personality traits that intersects with his/her particular environment and largely affects his/her relationships, behavior, choices, and ultimate predicaments. The theory was developed by the author as a vehicle for appreciating the psychological and sociological aspects of dramatic literature as a mirror of life itself
School code: 1414
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-01A
Subject Theater
Literature, Comparative
Language, Ancient
Literature, Modern
Alt Author Union Institute and University
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