Date of Defense




First Advisor

Elizabeth Amidon

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Vocke

Third Advisor

Dr. Gwen Tarbox


When looking back on women's roles in the development of literature, there are several characters who stand out as true manifestations of female strength and complexity. Immediately to mind comes Edna of the Awakening, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Hester Pryne in the Scarlet Letter and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. These women are incredibly unique, but above all, they make meaningful thematic statements that resound with readers long after we have left behind the text from which they emerge. I encountered these women throughout my high school and college years, and their stories spoke to me in a profound way.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only