Faculty Advisor

Brattin, Joel J.

Faculty Advisor

Ephraim, Michelle


This project, a culmination of academic research and cultural investigations in London, consists of pieces on works by Shakespeare and Dickens and an extended analysis of Nancy from Oliver Twist. I argue that Dickens's Nancy is a common woman's Desdemona, and through her the reader experiences a compelling narrative of redemption, making her more tragic than the idealized Desdemona. Nancy's realism as a London prostitute and her awareness of her own doom create a modern rendition of Shakespeare's classic drama.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001


Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Program

Humanities and Arts