School of Visual and Performing Arts
Virtue, Women, Feminism, Proverbs 31, Woman, Theatre, Roles, Character, Protagonists, Entertainment
Acting | Playwriting | Theatre History
Banker, Ashley, "A Virtuous Woman, Who Can Find?" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1138.
The contemporary theatre world lacks prominent, virtuous female roles, which are needed to inspire both the actors who play them and the audience members who witness them to emulate their virtuous characteristics. Virtuous characters encourage society to strive for excellence, as well as provide excellent role models for the next generation of young women. From a Christian perspective, a virtuous female role strives to exemplify the traits in Proverbs 31: trustworthy, kind, industrious, selfless, strong, honorable, and God-fearing. The critically-acclaimed plays The Humans and Good People feature prominent female characters who do not exhibit these virtues. Although each play contains one virtuous character, she plays an insignificant role. These plays exemplify the need for prominent virtuous females in contemporary theatre.