The ripple effect: mirror images of Helen of Troy

dc.contributor.advisor Haydock, Nickolas Santos-Muñoz, Yalitza Y. College of Arts and Sciences - Arts en_US
dc.contributor.committee Irizarry Rodríguez, José M.
dc.contributor.committee Rivera, Rosita L.
dc.contributor.committee Carroll, Kevin S.
dc.contributor.department Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.representative Jackson Martin, Rafael 2017-12-15T21:43:52Z 2017-12-15T21:43:52Z 2012
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the concept of the uncanny as presented in three female characters that mirror Helen of Troy, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Criseyde from Troilus and Criseyde, William Shakespeare’s Cressida from the play Troilus and Cressida and Wolfgang Petersen’s Briseis from the movie Troy. Through the use of Girard’s theory of scapegoating and Freud’s concept of the uncanny, these characters are compared and contrasted both with each other and with Helen to understand how they carry the burden of Helen’s legacy and its meaning. In these texts feminine characters start as innocent, obedient women, but as the plots develops they go through a transformation process that ends leaving them as unfamiliar versions of themselves, unrecognizable to those who they pledged loyalty. Criseyde is subtly guided by her Uncle Pandarus to serve his purposes by loving Troilus and falling into a downward spiral of situations that affect not only her, but all those she claims to love and respect. Shakespeare's Cressida is constantly dealt with like goods to be sold on a market by those who were supposed to take care of her, pushing her into a series of decisions that once again leave her being the bad woman and Troilus the deceived, loyal lover. The Briseis in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy falls prey to a war that not only changes her physical circumstances but also her psychological understanding of war and men, altering her view of the world and her way of responding to the challenging circumstances that are presented to her. en_US
dc.description.graduationSemester Fall en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2012 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.holder (c) 2012 Yalitza Y. Santos Muñoz en_US
dc.rights.license All rights reserved en_US
dc.subject Helen of Troy en_US
dc.subject Shakespeare and female characters en_US
dc.subject Chaucer and female characters en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Helen of Troy (Greek mythology) in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Cressida. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Troilus and Cressida. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Troilus and Criseyde. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Petersen, Wolfgang. Troy. en_US
dc.title The ripple effect: mirror images of Helen of Troy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication English Education en_US M.A.E.E. en_US
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