International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 4 (2016)

The she-tragedies of Marsha Norman: A study of the major plays ‘night, mother and getting out’


Harshita Dwivedi

The American play Wright, Marsha Norman gave woman in her Society much attention for they are frustrated creatures. In the prologue to The Fair Penitent (1703), Nicholas Rowe promises “a melancholy tale of private woes: no Princess here lost royalty bemoans, but you shall meet with sorrow like your own.” The play is the first of a Rowe’s she-tragedies, a term that has come to be associated not only with Rowe’s work, but with any 18th century tragedy in which women are the protagonist or prominent in the pathetic situations depicted. While the focus on women changed tragic structure, tempo, and dramatic effect, the term coined to identify those differences also suggests the forms diminished critical reputation. Placing she-tragedies tradition, Arthur Sherbo defines it in opposition to “great” or “true” tragedy.
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Harshita Dwivedi. The she-tragedies of Marsha Norman: A study of the major plays ‘night, mother and getting out’. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 1, Issue 4, 2016, Pages 05-10
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