“Farewell, Dolly! Or A Fare Well Planned” A Play in One Act

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Haym, Cynthia
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2010-05-22T00:00:00-07:00
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Master of Arts (MA)
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English
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Traditionally, women have been expected to live by male standards and to abdicate knowing who they are in order to fulfill the feminine roles of a patriarchal society. My creative writing thesis focuses on the particular role of the doll and its adverse impact on women. The project includes a scholarly introduction, which examines the function of the doll role, and a one-act play, a dramatization of a woman's call for self-knowledge. Absurd as it may seem, society's characterization of women as doll has survived in spite of the great achievements in women's rights. This categorization creates conflict for women who end up oscillating between the docile role of doll and that of an independent woman. Farewell, Dolly! scripts a woman's quest for self-realization and her renunciation of the doll role.
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