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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Complexity of Character in Jonson's Sejanus
Author:   Jennifer Dawn Jones
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   English, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Mary Moore
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   August 2005

Critics claim Jonson’s Sejanus, the first of his only two surviving tragedies, lacks the emotional elements of more popular tragedies because Jonson relies on historical sources and simplifies his characters. This study first establishes Jonson’s own unique requirements in tragedy that affect his character development, then it provides textual evidence of complex characters and offers a reading of the play with Rome, or the body politic, as the tragic hero.  

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