DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2016.05.004
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HE Jing

Abstract: Approaching from the perspective of feminist criticism, this paper compares the female protagonists in Shakespeare's well-known tragedy Hamlet and Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper". While the first person narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a modern signifier of the archetypal Ophelia as the sacrificial lamb of the patriarchal oppression, the two differ in their manifestations of madness, which could be accounted for by their respective historical and social environment with women's awakening con…

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