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The Evolution of Women in Literature
Uses several works to show the evolution of women in literature.
# 139283 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Women Studies (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper discusses the evolving role of women in literature through the use of several noted works. It considers Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," "The Country Wife" byWilliam Wycherley; Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter": and Anne Tyler's novel "The Accidental Tourist." The paper demonstrates how female characters have evolved over the course of time.

From the Paper:

"It is a tribute to William Shakespeare that while he could not use women on the stage in Elizabethan England, he created some of the most compelling women characters of all time, including the three women of Twelfth Night: Olivia, Maria, and Viola. Viola's role is further complicated by the fact that she assumes the role of a young man throughout much of the play (Shakespeare). These three women are remarkably distinctive. Maria is the critical agent in bringing about the hilarious downfall of the stuffed shirt Malvolio, by authoring the artful letter which lures him to his own undoing by playing

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