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dc.contributor.advisorHaydock, Nickolas
dc.contributor.authorSantos-Muñoz, Yalitza Y.
dc.description.abstractThis 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.subjectHelen of Troyen_US
dc.subjectShakespeare and female charactersen_US
dc.subjectChaucer and female charactersen_US
dc.subject.lcshHelen of Troy (Greek mythology) in literature.en_US
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Cressida.en_US
dc.subject.lcshShakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Troilus and Cressida.en_US
dc.subject.lcshChaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Troilus and Criseyde.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPetersen, Wolfgang. Troy.en_US
dc.titleThe ripple effect: mirror images of Helen of Troyen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2012 Yalitza Y. Santos Muñozen_US
dc.contributor.committeeIrizarry Rodríguez, José M.
dc.contributor.committeeRivera, Rosita L.
dc.contributor.committeeCarroll, Kevin S.
dc.contributor.representativeJackson Martin, Rafael Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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