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Troy Jessica Elizabeth

Troy Jessica Elizabeth

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Published by: Mahmoud Sabbagh on Jul 01, 2011
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 Gender Roles in
:An Investigation of Male-Male and Male-Female InteractionsbyJessica E. TroySubmitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirementsfor the Degree of Master of Artsin theEnglishProgramYOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITYMay, 2010
Digitally signed by ETD ProgramDN: cn=ETD Program,o=Youngstown State University,ou=School of Graduate Studiesand Research,email=etdadmin@cc.ysu.edu,c=USDate: 2010.07.02 15:43:09 -04'00'
 Gender Roles in
: An Investigation of Male-Male and Male-Female InteractionsJessica E. TroyI hereby release this thesis to the public. I understand that this thesis will be madeavailable from the OhioLINK ETD Center and the Maag Library Circulation Desk forpublic access. I also authorize the University or other individuals to make copies of thisthesis as needed for scholarly research.Signature:
Jessica Troy, Student DateApprovals: ____________________________________________________________Dr. Rebecca Barnhouse, Thesis Advisor Date
Dr. Steven Reese, Committee Member Date
Dr. Corey Andrews
Committee Member Date___________________________________________________________Peter J. Kasvinsky, Dean of School of Graduate Studies & Research Date
iiiAbstractThe interactions of 
's characters allow readers to dig deeper into thespecific role each character plays and why first impressions can often be misleading. Byanalyzing male-male interactions and male-female interactions, I am able to assessvarious characters' feelings toward Beowulf.Interactions can be verbal, using dialogue, or nonverbal, using only the poet'snarration to describe the characters' relationship. Obviously, verbal interactions are easierto analyze because both characters are able to speak their minds and give us a glimpse of their intentions. On the outside, characters who challenge Beowulf, like Unferth, seemvillainous, but there are underlying reasons for the appearance of hostility. Readers arealso able to see female characters who are typically considered weak in a completelydifferent context. They are subtly powerful and are keenly aware, attuned to the needs of their respective kingdoms. Without an analysis of these and other interactions, characterslike Unferth and Grendel's mother are misunderstood and quickly stereotyped.

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