IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(1): 47-50 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.1.202

Perceptions of Female Heroism from Two Heroines: Portia and Isabel

Zhu Yuanyuan
Abstract—The paper examined similarities and differences in two female characters Shakespeare created: Portia and Isabel in The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure respectively. To understand why the two heroines act differently under similar circumstances, the paper compared traits of the characters and ways in achieving female heroism, and it is concluded that disparity in the two characters’ reaction occurs as a result of the two’s distinctive profiles.

Index Terms—Female heroism, Shakespeare, comparative study, Portia, Isabel.

The author is with Communication and Network TechnologySchool of Foreign Studies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (e-mail: zhuyy0221@163.com).

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Cite:Zhu Yuanyuan, "Perceptions of Female Heroism from Two Heroines: Portia and Isabel," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 47-50, 2019.

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