Shakespeare's Roman honour: military, morals, and masculinity

Dohey, Stephanie (2016) Shakespeare's Roman honour: military, morals, and masculinity. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis examines Shakespeare’s concept of Roman honour in Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar through an analysis of keywords, imagery of the body politic, and source alterations. In the creation of Titus, Shakespeare focuses on medieval ideals of honour, emphasizing the importance of military and monarchal allegiance. However, in the shaping of Brutus’ character, the playwright clearly highlights aspects of Renaissance moral virtue and interpersonal honesty and integrity. In both plays, while the many meanings of honour may change, masculinity remains a constant factor in Roman virtue.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12380
Item ID: 12380
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-100).
Keywords: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, honour, Titus Andronicus, body politic, Plutarch
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: April 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Rome (Empire)
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Criticism and interpretation; Rome--In literature; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Plays--Selections; Honor--In literature; Cardinal virtues in literature; Masculinity in literature; Monarchy in literature

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