Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
George, Lois Joan, "The evolution of the vice character from the morality plays to Renaissance drama" (1968). Student Work. 3228.
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