Title

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

Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Ingrid Pruss

Second Advisor

Cigdem Üsekes

Abstract

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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