Date of Award

Fall 1-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Professor Gavin Hollis

Second Advisor

Professor Alan Vardy

Academic Program Adviser

Professor Janet Neary


This thesis compares the deer scenes in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Wordsworth’s “Hart-Leap Well.” Both raise questions about man’s right to hunt animals with impunity. Shakespeare’s Jaques superficially takes up the issue of animal rights whereas Wordsworth’s personification of the stag evokes the reader’s sympathy for the animal.



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