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ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.72 pp.179-192

Henry VI, Part II and III: Women’s Sexual and Military Power and Social Subversion

Yunju Choi


This paper examines female warriors like Margaret and Eleanor who do not follow the traditional gender roles revealed in Henry VI, Part II and III where gender roles are strictly divided according to patriarchy. It primarily traces Margaret’s courage, military and sexual power, and self-indulgence, as opposed to the patriarchal values of the male characters around her. In Margaret’s pursuit for power, she confronts men, especially chivalric heroes representing British men. I also examine how the values represented by the female warriors conflict with men’s ideal heroism and the lineage relationship between father and son. I also look at the ironic situation of some male characters role change from a warrior to a lover, thereby weakening the bonds between men. By analyzing the process of men losing their masculinity in relation to these women, I will faithfully examine the aspects of patriarchy and the subversive power of female warriors in Henry VI Part II and III.





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