Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Richard L. Lane


Although half a century separates the character of Matthew Merrygreek in Ralph Roister Doister from that of Othello’s Iago, these two have a great deal in common. The plays in which they participate are vastly different from each other -- Ralph Roister Doister, written between 1550 and 1553, is a carefree farce that nowhere resembles the tragic tone of Shakespeare's Othello, written early in the 1600’s. But Merrygreek and Iago are brothers in spirit nevertheless. Both of them plot, and both of them carry out their plans single-handedly.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1968 Lois Joan George.

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